Windows Notification Area Issues


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Dave Lee

This is possibly related to a recent "System Restore" event that I had to
do - but maybe not.

I used to have several very useful notification icons in the Taskbar,
Notification Area, or System Tray (not sure which is the right name) that
was in the lower right hand corner of my Vista Home Premium system (Dell XPS
1530 laptop). This is where the Clock is, etc.

Recently (shortly, but not immediately) after a system restore to resolve
some undiagnosed system problems, the following icons disappeared

-Windows Power Meter
-Windows Volume Control
-Windows (I think) Wireless Activity/Status Indicator
-"Safely Remove Hardware" thingey

When I go into properties on the taskbar and look at "System Icons" under
the "Notification Area" tab, Volume, Network, and Power are greyed out
(Clock is there and checked and I do still have my clock).

How do I go about recovering these? And getting my Hardware Eject icon would
also be very helpful.

Thanks.

dave
 
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D

Dave Lee

Thanks, Paul. That looks like an exact match for my problem.

dave
 
D

Dave Lee

PaulM said:
Please let us know if it fixed the problem.
Paul, did the RESTORE this morning and applied the fix. It worked like a
charm. And guys like me really appreciate the script that you provided
(rather than having to dork around in the Registry ourselves).

Thanks again.

dave
 
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D

Dave Lee

Re: Attached

In case anyone doing research on this same problem runs into this thread -
for completeness ....

I also lost my 'safely remove hardware' icon from the system tray at the
same time as power/network/volume. This is a simpler problem than the
power/network/volume issues that had to be solved in the Registry (easy
using Paul's script - potentially dangerous otherwise).

I just created a new shortcut that lives on my desktop with the target

C:\Windows\System32\rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL hotplug.dll

Since this provides no status information I actually prefer having it off my
system tray (it lives on a convenient place on my desktop instead).

dave
 

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