Windows Vista Disappearing System Tray Icons Fix

by Colin Cochrane 10/21/2007 7:13:00 PM

Yesterday I got out my laptop (which is running Vista Ultimate) to do some work on one of my websites.  When it loaded itself out of sleep mode I noticed that the battery, volume, and network icons in the system tray were missing:

 Naturally I was puzzled by this, and a little annoyed because I could no longer tell how much battery life was left (important because I like to get up and go sit on the deck while I work every so often).  First thing I did was check the Taskbar properties, and found something odd:



 As you can see in the above image, the checkboxes for the volume, network, and power icons are grayed out and not-selectable.  From my Windows development experience, I knew that Vista keeps a cache of recently used system tray icons in the registry, so on a hunch I popped open RegEdit and found where this cache is stored:


and the values

To make a long story short, I backed up the registry, deleted the "IconStreams" and "PastIconsStream" values, opened up the Task Manager, ended the "explorer.exe" process, restarted "explorer.exe" and just like that the missing icons had returned:

An odd problem, but thankfully one that is easily fixed. 

Edit (Added 01/28/2008):  It's worth trying to restart explorer.exe (see Step 4) before trying the registry modifications, because that may fix the problem on its own.

  1. Go to Start > Run (or Windows-key + "R"), type in "regedit" and hit "OK".

  2. Navigate to the key "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion \TrayNotify"

  3. Delete the values "IconStreams" and "PastIconsStream"

  4. Now open up the Task Manager (Ctrl + Shift + Esc), go to the "Processes" tab, select "explorer.exe" and click "End Process"

  5. Now open the "Applications" tab and click "New Task..." at the bottom-right of the window.

  6. In the message box that pops up type in "explorer.exe" and hit "OK"

  7. Explorer.exe will reload, and that's it! The missing icons should now be back in the system-tray where they belong.

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Comments (162) -

10/29/2007 9:17:04 PM

Hello - thank you Colin very much for getting my 'disappearing icons' back for me!  Not totally sure what I just did, but it worked, so thank you for sharing!  BTW, HP tech support directed me here to help me.  Didnt know if you knew that.  Very useful.  Smile  

Dennis United States

10/30/2007 10:17:49 AM

Glad to hear that it worked for you Dennis. It was a really irritating bug and the more people I can help get rid of it the better.

Colin Cochrane Canada

10/30/2007 2:36:29 PM

i followed all the directions but the systray still isnt showing up. reg keys are deleted n i restart explorer and is still not coming up.

djfdat United States

10/30/2007 2:37:34 PM

ok i forgot to mention the hide inactive icons box is shaded out for me too, the only one i can check and uncheck is the clock box.

djfdat United States

10/30/2007 6:13:34 PM

You might need to try doing a full system restart if the explorer.exe reset method does not work.

Colin Cochrane Canada

11/8/2007 2:02:04 AM

I have this problem occasionally.  All you have to do is quickly log off then log back on and 'voila!' they appear again!

genenio United States

11/14/2007 2:51:07 AM

Fantastic! thanks a lot!!!!

kiki Netherlands

11/14/2007 11:53:34 AM

Hi Colin, I have exactly the same problem as the screen shot you have shown above and it has only been like this since last night when updates were installed.
I tried what you suggested but within the regedit I dont have the option for Traynotify - its not in the list under current version. Is there anything else you can suggest?

MissH United Kingdom

11/14/2007 6:07:58 PM


If you right-click on the taskbar and select "Properties", then go to the "Notification Area" tab you should see a check box that says "Hide Inactive Icons".  If it is not checked, then check it, then click the "Customize..." button to the right.  This should pop up a window with a list of recent items that have been in the taskbar.  Close this window and the registry keys should be back.

Colin Cochrane Canada

12/7/2007 11:05:34 PM

worked for me thanks!  I have to do it everytime I restart my computer - I wish there was a patch from Microsoft for this.

erik United States

12/19/2007 1:02:30 AM

dude thats awesome!!! i like vista but not when it does stupid things like that!, also dude i got a core 2 duo 2.0 and 2 gig ram, it should not be soo slow in starting up, i just reloaded my laptop to factory settings and it was fast for a little but, i hardly put anything on here, i'ma  computer IT and i know what i'm doing, but it always seems like literally after a week it gets soo slow on the startup, also i tried to not do updates this time, seeing if it was the problem, but obviously its not Frown but the sys tray icon thing worked alot thanx

Mike United States

12/22/2007 8:57:43 AM

Thanks.  Awesome.

Shane United States

12/29/2007 3:26:18 AM

Thanks so much for this, it wasn't just my network and audio icons but also some software tray icons such as Skype and Windows SideBar.

Nice easy fix, thanks.  It worked a treat.  I also learned the tip of Ctrl + Alt + Esc as apposed to the security screen.

Luke United Kingdom

1/5/2008 3:58:37 PM

Thank you, I happened to encounter the exact same problem. I would probably search for a long time (or give up) before considering to mess with the Mighty Registry. Thank you for your helpful tutorial!

pavel Czech Republic

1/5/2008 4:01:44 PM

And yes, Ctrl + Shift + Esc made my day, I hated the new "nice" interface for ctrl+alt+del, now everything is easier again. Thanks!

pavel Czech Republic

1/6/2008 3:38:08 PM

Thanks very much. Worked perfectly, and very easy to follow for the likes of me who just knows how to browse the web. Cheers xx

Michelle Ireland

1/7/2008 4:03:59 AM

Brilliant - helped my wife out a treat.

Andy United Kingdom

1/10/2008 11:03:42 PM

thank you so much, there's no way I would have fixed that on my own.

zach_b United States

1/11/2008 8:34:30 AM

I'm glad this has been of help to all of you.  Thanks for the feedback!

Colin Cochrane Canada

1/12/2008 9:05:45 AM

Thanks Colin, your suggest is great & u resolve my problem!

Temple Italy

1/15/2008 1:23:47 PM

Hi, I followed these instructions, and they did like it says, I've got my missing icons back. However I usually keep them hidden, and now I've lost the ability to hide icons.

I've got the 'Hide inactive icons' check box checked in notification area properties, but it's stopped working. Everything shows and there's no show/hide arrow. Any ideas where to look? It's Vista x64 HP that I have if it makes any difference.

ken miles United Kingdom

1/15/2008 2:01:52 PM

What a muppet I am. This reg tweak sets them all back to 'hide when inactive', which for some reason seems to be never. Just going back in and setting them to 'always hide' does the trick.

Sorry, and thanks for the tip in the first place!

ken miles United Kingdom

1/19/2008 6:07:40 AM

thanks a lot! it worked!

gilles United Kingdom

1/29/2008 5:26:47 PM

Thank you so much. It helped a lot. Anyone know of any patch for this?

kk United States

2/3/2008 7:37:56 PM

thanks so much super easy instruction and my icons are back, your a life saver   Smile

genia United States

2/4/2008 9:05:12 PM

My pleasure Smile

Colin Cochrane Canada

2/6/2008 9:42:46 AM

Vista likes to hide my wireless network icon, but when I tried the registry method you suggested, the TrayIcon folder wasn't in there at all -- any help?

Rini Canada

2/6/2008 10:10:18 AM


Have you tried restarting explorer.exe?

Colin Cochrane

2/6/2008 11:29:59 AM

Actually, just doing that seems to have brought it back, thanks Smile

Rini United States

2/8/2008 6:58:24 AM

Great explanation and it worked to re-enable the icons' check boxes.  The icons did not show up until I turned them back on in the System Icons box.

The only one that did not come on was power and that is actively managed by a power condtioner.


Jim United States

2/11/2008 3:03:29 PM

this works for XP too (well, the restarting explorer bit anyway) - it is apparently also a known bug in XPsp2 when using some upnp devices, I've got a whole new install of XPsp2 and its already buggy (I should have just stuck with linux!)

coral Australia

2/11/2008 6:09:37 PM

Cheers, Colin!
I have this page tagged for future reference -
I keep having to use these steps at least a couple of times a week.

Postino Canada

2/13/2008 8:14:23 PM

Works Perfect.  Thanks, I have been trying to figure this out for a while

Brian Canada

2/15/2008 4:20:57 PM

Thanks so much Colin!
This was a tremendous help.

Amy United States

2/17/2008 8:04:07 PM

This is apparently a very good fix for most and very appreciated! Smile  However, I'm having a problem... I tried what you said, and it didn't work.  I even tried rebooting the computer, and it still didn't work.

Do you have any suggestions?

Rob United States

2/17/2008 8:09:51 PM

Ah, I got it.  At some point, perhaps after your fix or after rebooting, the check boxes in the Notification Area became active (ungrayed) but stayed unmarked, and I failed to check on that.  Thanks so much for this fix! Smile

Rob United States

2/17/2008 9:16:27 PM

Fantabulous! easy fix for a VERY annoying problem. That was SO easy to follow! THANK YOU!

Carrie United States

2/20/2008 7:34:44 PM

Works without editing registry, only by restarting explorer.exe. But glad I found this site, because I thought my laptop was being weird! Frown
Other thing, my system tray also had that AVG icon  Smile

Tejas United States

2/27/2008 10:58:36 AM

Thanks a million, successfully solved, even MS site didn't had a solution.

Ammar Iraq

3/12/2008 9:06:03 PM

Thanks a lot for the help. My missing network icon was driving me absolutely crazy because at my university all we use is wireless. I was wondering if the expand function of the task bar has been permanently deleted. Not that it matters, butI am still a little curious. Thank you again for the help!

T Noyes United States

3/13/2008 2:14:44 AM

this was a rg8 help. thanx a million. but when i restart it recoils to the same state.. ie no icons again. do i hav to repeat these steps everytime i start my laptop.

prabhu sam United States

3/13/2008 8:45:32 PM

Thanks Colin. It works!

Simon Singapore

3/16/2008 12:52:01 PM

Thanks for this information!  I can't stand Vista but I love all the tech support men and women out there who assist when Vista F's up!  Thanks again!

Ahmahkyah Ahkilah Canada

3/19/2008 10:27:07 AM

Thanks for the help!
Restarting explorer.exe worked Smile ...

Jay Mexico

3/20/2008 6:52:32 PM

Simply superb..

Senthil Kumar Sundaram United States

3/21/2008 11:53:01 PM

Restarting explorer.exe worked great.  Thanks for the instructions.

Erik Russell United States

3/23/2008 3:35:00 PM

it worked for me temporarily, then when I rebooted the same thing happened.

jfc United States

3/24/2008 6:58:21 PM


Very well designed page; easiest explanation and screen shots I could imagine. It worked perfectly, thanks.

Steve United States

3/26/2008 10:52:34 AM


Thnaks the sytem icon fix worked......and you saved my marriage because I blamed my wife or losing them!!
I n fact if I can do this themn ANYONE can thanks for the very clear and concise instrucions all my icons are back and working.


shaun United Kingdom

3/27/2008 2:03:27 PM

Hey, man. Thanks for the help, Microsoft seems to be a little bit useless when it comes to this kind of problems. Their support site only goes on and on about the system icons not appearing on first boot...

Well, thanks again... Later

Ronald Costa Rica

4/3/2008 9:37:32 PM

perfect........if only customer service out west was this helpful

ed United States

4/7/2008 5:51:18 PM

Awesome...saved me a lot of frustration....thanks again!!!

Keck United States

4/8/2008 2:33:12 AM

wow wow thnk thnk u thnk us soooo much...

lena Australia

4/9/2008 11:34:06 AM

Thanks for your help..Good job!

Jacky United States

4/19/2008 2:12:23 AM

this was great. thanks so much. you made it really easy.

veebee India

4/21/2008 12:39:40 PM

Thank you, sir!  Restarting explorer.exe did the trick!

Chris United States

4/22/2008 10:10:05 AM

thanks for this, restarting explorer then checking the boxes in the notification area did the trick for me, hopefully i dont have to do this everytime but at least now i have a solution

vista is ridiculous, along with the "black screen" that remains after sleep mode its gettign to be annoying, why couldnt they just stick to xp

platypus United States

4/23/2008 12:17:36 PM

Thx this helps alot. Every time I start up my Windows Vista Ultimate PC 50% of the time the icons are there on logon and 50% they're missing. Really annoying bug - hope Microsoft fixes it soon.

mole51 United Kingdom

4/26/2008 6:03:03 PM

Thanks very much. Your fix was pretty self explanatory, the screenshots do come in handy and the problem was solved right away.

Jesus Barrios Mexico

5/30/2008 2:58:56 AM

Thanks man, you kick ass.  That was really irritating me.

Scott Solano United States

6/5/2008 2:08:01 PM

Thanks alot, I had the exact same problem as you and restarting explorer.exe did the trick without any reg edits.

Ryan United States

6/7/2008 2:59:32 PM

Thank you!
I didn't have the exact problem, simply an icon of a vpn network on desktop had disappeared, and I found out your last addiction of 'closing and opening explorer' made it working again magically :p

ErMeglio Italy

6/13/2008 9:42:52 AM

Thanks! Worked for me too.

Vicky United Kingdom

6/14/2008 5:32:24 PM

Thanks so much! I was beginning to get annoyed that it wasn't showing up...This has got to be a darned Vista problem...or perhaps a compatibility issue. *shrugs*

py_cha United States

6/15/2008 9:55:14 PM

Thanks so much UR my hero.  Thought new computer was trashed!  Again, thanks.

Ria United States

6/17/2008 7:40:28 AM

Many Thanks Colin , your easy to follow instructions and screenshots made it simple to fix.

Peter Australia

6/17/2008 11:25:53 AM

Thanks Colin! It worked with regedit and stop/start explorer.exe. Next time I'll try logoff/logon suggestion. Maybe it's better to stop using Microsoft at all Smile.

Ivan Bulgaria

8/26/2008 6:51:06 PM

Thanks Colin, I wasted an hour on this problem last night. No one can make me believe that Linux on the desktop is any more of a pain than this.

Will Canada

8/27/2008 3:34:39 PM

thank you so much!


blake United States

8/27/2008 10:36:44 PM

That was good it's working good job

deepak India

8/28/2008 3:00:24 AM

Excellent post, fixed the bug.  

Eleutheria Hong Kong S.A.R.

8/28/2008 4:03:23 AM

After several hours of frustration your fix was so simple.
Thanks, your the best.

Do we actually know what caused this and do you think Microsoft will put in a patch to stop it happeningagain... ?

Phill Australia

9/1/2008 7:09:24 AM

For me, terminating and re-launching explorer.exe fixed it.

I had that grayed-out options issue after my computer crashed. In my case, the computer crashed because I was clumsily terminating processes in the task manager and ended up closing csrss.exe, and BOOM! - Blue screen of death, memory dumped to hard disk, reboot, and no icons. I sound like Jar Jar Binks.

Anyway, thought you might like to know.

Rod Argentina

9/1/2008 10:36:59 AM

This worked perfectly for me. What a weird bug to pop up. Thank you.

Chris Canada

9/6/2008 9:22:42 PM

Thank you very Much. It worked for me.

Raju India

9/6/2008 10:39:30 PM

You are amazing! This is solved all my problems! Thank you so much!

Dawn Singapore

9/9/2008 3:45:25 PM

Thanks a lot for this little fix. I was growing very tired of regedit/restarting Windows every time my volume, battery, and windowblinds icons decided to go into hibernation. NO ONE had ever said anything about stopping win-explorer and restarting it. God bless you for stopping my frustrations, as well as those of so many others! ^_^

Tia Yue United States

9/10/2008 5:24:35 PM

I created a REG file for myself. Double-click it to remove the registry keys. Save this file with a .REG extension to your desktop (like ResetTray.reg) then just double-click to have the keys removed.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\TrayNotify]

Troy United States

9/17/2008 1:08:59 AM

Excellent post! This worked immediately for me starting with Step 4. Thank you!

George Carter United States

9/22/2008 5:35:01 PM

Thanks for this post! HP directed me here and the steps were easy to follow! Now I don't have to go through Network to connect to a wireless network!!! Smile

Jennifer L. United States

9/23/2008 6:28:30 PM

dude thank you so much this was a really big help!!

Adam United States

9/25/2008 2:40:45 AM

thanks a bunch old chap

wiggums United Kingdom

10/4/2008 12:56:24 AM

Thank you Collin. You're so brilliant. By the way. I hav also face the same problem, not the icon, but whenever i open any application programs or folders or even MSN messages, the icon still cannot appear at the taskbar. If i follow your suggested solution, what should i put the name to reload in the regidit? it is very urgent.. because this problem happen to my office computer, i cannot work properly..

jonathan Malaysia

10/8/2008 2:12:51 AM

Thanks for the info on this, when I restart explorer.exe or remove the registry entries, it does work. But normally, when I turn my computer off and back on, the problem is back again. I am getting sick and tired of going through this routine every time I boot up. Any suggestions for a permanent fix?


Matt United Kingdom

10/9/2008 10:05:24 AM

Thanks a bunch, solved my problem by just restarting explorer.exe. Information worth knowing.

Adam United Kingdom

10/10/2008 3:06:47 AM

Just a note for everyone who has this as an ongoing problem - this is indicative of a corrupt User Profile. To test this, set up a new user account, and if the problem persists there too, you need to reinstall Vista.

Just so you know Smile

Matt United Kingdom

10/16/2008 4:29:59 PM

Cheers! Worked fine.

Seems to be a rather popular bug though. And a pain in the backside as well....

Kelly Cornwell United Kingdom

10/19/2008 7:05:43 PM

Thank you very much! This was really helpful.

Rocio United States

11/4/2008 10:06:06 PM

I'm having a slightly different problem with my taskbar. I cant't add a toolbar.  If I right click on the taskbar, then click on toolbars, the menu that follows is greyed out. If I right click the start menu button, then click properties then click toolbars, it will only allow me to eliminate a toolbar. Once eliminated, there is no bringing it back. I really don't want to create a new user id or reinstall vista to fix it.

I appreciate any help anyone has...   Smile

Larry Miles United States

11/10/2008 2:02:19 PM

Thank you so much. I was going crazy trying to figure out what I did to cause the system tray to lose most of the icons. You saved me a trip to the "Geek Squad"  Thanks a million.

Ray United States

12/3/2008 10:34:02 AM


edwin a United States

12/4/2008 10:05:32 PM


Ngozi United States

12/5/2008 8:04:28 AM

I just restarted explorer.exe and it curiously came back... so weird! THANK YOU!

Elizabeth United States

12/7/2008 7:09:05 PM

Just restarting explorer worked for me - Thank you so much for the answer to a surprisingly annoying problem!

Simone United States

12/10/2008 4:43:36 PM

PERFECT, this tutorial was 100% perfectly organised and easy to follow and it works!.

awsusm United States

12/14/2008 10:49:09 AM

Thank you, excellent! Smile)

Erser Turkey

12/15/2008 3:03:34 AM

Thanks for the great tutorial.

partoba United States

12/16/2008 10:48:07 PM

Thanks dude for a nice and elaborate tutorial. Its a good solution!!

Singh India

12/20/2008 6:32:02 AM

Thanks a lot Collin! My laptop battery is dead (10 minustes max) and without the power icon showing, I'm dead! thanx again

suhaimist Malaysia

1/8/2009 1:52:37 AM

I was able to get my icons back really quickly with this post. I also run Vista ultimate. Thanks for sharing. Windows Vista is simple enough if you know the procedure like you lay it out here. If not, it is daunting because things are hard to find even though they are just a click away in the system.

SEO United States

1/8/2009 10:52:32 AM

Thanks, dude. Vista's still broke, but this fix still works.

Mike Edwards United States

1/9/2009 4:32:18 PM

Thanks!! Helped Out!!!!

Oce United States

1/13/2009 8:59:47 AM

Thanks very much Sir.

This really helped me as at first it was ubgging me dearly,
much appriciated,


Jordan Richards United Kingdom

1/16/2009 12:57:34 PM

Why is it not beneath of Microsoft to build such malice into their expensive software?  They are horrible and awful.


walter United States

1/17/2009 4:12:38 AM

That was excellent, the steps are very well explained.

mohammad adil khan U.A.E.

1/26/2009 4:28:25 AM

Thanks, it was very good, and an easy guide to fix the problem.

Emil Henriksen Denmark

2/1/2009 4:00:06 PM

Thankyou so much. I got all the icons back.
I am too happy.
Thankyou again.

Annie United States

2/2/2009 4:00:37 PM

Hello, first of all, thanks for this help, it solved all my icon problems including missing volume and network icon. But i still have one problem which i cant find a solution.

Last icon that is missing is the one for changing keybord (from US to Slovak). I tried turning it on/off in regional & language settings, i tried to set it to be floating on desktop, i tried to find it in start properties, i tried keybord shortcuts (both) and none of it worked.

I still cant figure out what happend, but at least i found the icon. When i have the User Account Control turned on, and some program ask for permission, and vista darkens the screen and shows a warning, i can see the icon there, but i cant close it, neither move it to start menu, nothing. Any idea how to fix this?

Thank you very much for any hint.

erko Slovakia

2/4/2009 4:27:00 AM


luipaardje Netherlands

2/7/2009 5:32:00 PM

What an incredibly irritating little problem.
I'm one of those noobs that absolutely HATES going into the registry.
But I took a deep breath, deleted the values mentioned, followed the rest, and...
Back my icons popped! (Then I remembered to breath again.)
Thanx ALOT Laughing

SpeakerForTheDead United States

2/7/2009 6:53:33 PM

proper! thanks for the tip - it worked.

jason s United States

2/15/2009 3:59:38 AM

Thanks this was exalent and easy to follow fixed my pc 100%

Richard United Kingdom

2/19/2009 4:21:05 AM


Every few weeks my Vista computer loses those system tray icons. It is irritating, like you've said. Your instructions have proved valuable half a dozen times so far. Like others who have commented, I'm not sure why it works, but I'm certainly glad you wrote out these instructions. Thanks!

Kirkistan United States

2/22/2009 8:12:14 AM

It works for Windows 7 (build 7022) too.

Thank you for help!


2/22/2009 3:19:03 PM

Awesome fix! I tried it just from Step 4 and it worked great.

Fabio Juliano Brazil

2/23/2009 8:47:27 AM

This tips help much in dominating my laptop. I used to use it by plugging it to electrical outlet.

marina United States

2/26/2009 5:44:51 AM

Thanks a bunch, solved my problem by just restarting explorer.exe. Information worth knowing.

celebrity justice United States

2/27/2009 10:20:35 AM

Thank you very much it worked perfect !

mo Netherlands

2/28/2009 8:38:42 AM

Hi, ive tried this about 3 times and restarted my computer and tried it too, yet my network icon is still blanked out. Any suggestions?

mark United Kingdom

3/3/2009 3:23:02 AM

You are a hero! Thanks! Worked perfectly

Dave Canada

3/3/2009 4:49:15 AM

Thank you! You are an absolute star!!! This problem has been driving me CRAZY for months!! xx

monica United Kingdom

3/3/2009 10:02:42 AM

        you made my day. Thanks a million. I've worked in the troubleshooting department of HP, and these resolutions come in handy. It resolved mine... Smile

vikram India

3/6/2009 10:54:46 AM

Got the problem after a recent MSupdate.
Startng with step 4 worked fine for me

Thanks for the solution

Vista User Netherlands

3/13/2009 6:56:31 AM

amazing work I cant believe it that was great!

ala Australia

3/13/2009 8:31:22 PM

hey man thx i all i  did whas google it and ur solution whas the first on the list thx "life saver" & "time saver"

Gregory Santana United States

3/15/2009 5:25:03 AM

thanks a lot !!! finally i can see my icons Smile

Ali Akbar India

3/29/2009 2:01:58 PM

Thank you! this tutorial fixed the problem.

Mouse Netherlands

3/29/2009 6:38:32 PM

Hi Colin! Thanks a lot...i've been trying to fix this the whole morning and bumped to you site and boom icon back online...Smile

Ronald Philippines

4/1/2009 12:58:32 PM

Perfect ! Worked ! Thanks !

Jones Daros Brazil

4/9/2009 5:19:21 PM

Good job... it worked for me... Thanks...

Hassan United States

4/17/2009 4:52:58 AM

Thanks, restarting explorer.exe in the Task Manager works perfectly to restore my missing network and volume icons.  However, I now have to do this every day, each time I boot.  Is there any way to make this permanent. Thanks for the help

Sonia Elliott South Africa

4/24/2009 7:17:45 AM

articulate instructions  (loved the screen shots) made for an easy fix.  thank you.

stanley ranier United States

4/25/2009 7:48:47 AM




Mahendra India

4/28/2009 6:38:12 PM

You can try just ending explorer.exe, and restarting it, which works for me. (and it may be worth trying first, to save some time, or if you are a little weary on messing with the registry)

krystal United States

5/2/2009 1:39:48 AM

Thanks for that


5/8/2009 6:31:04 PM

Thanks dude!!
worked fine for me.

Pedro Brazil

5/11/2009 10:45:34 PM

Thank you very much!!!  I had been driving myself nuts all day trying to figure this one out. Thank you!

TerryM Canada

5/13/2009 1:54:26 PM

wow thanks a lot! that was driving me insane for a few days...anyone know how this error even happens?  Seems so random...

vinh ngo United States

5/13/2009 9:41:54 PM

Thank you, that saved my life!!!

KB United States

5/23/2009 3:18:25 PM

The ending explorer and restarting explorer.exe works every time. It's just a pain to do this. I hope they fix Vista soon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Christopher Hoffman United States

5/24/2009 2:19:10 PM

OMFG thnkx sooo much!!

bobby Canada

5/25/2009 6:25:21 AM

Excellent solution.  Many thanks.  I just wish there was a permanent fix (from Microsoft, but that is too much to ask)!

Philip United Kingdom

5/29/2009 5:59:40 PM

thanks--- verrrryyy helpful.

dana collins United States

5/30/2009 10:19:32 AM

OMG!  That was too easy.  I have been on the internet for half an hour looking for ways to fix this problem and all the other sites are way too complicated for me.  Thanks so much for putting this up.  I am bookmarking it!

Rebecca Porter United States

5/30/2009 10:43:06 AM

Thankyou! Got my volume icon back although I still feel like kind of a noob... Smile

Andrea Canada

5/31/2009 8:02:36 AM

Dear Colin,
Thank you very much for your help.
I have got backt the network & volume icons.
Can you please help with the Power icon, as it is still grey,
Thanks once again

Balvinder India

6/7/2009 10:18:48 PM

Works for Windows 7 too. I found it easier to delete the keys and recreate them. That did the trick! Of course, it also resets to the default for show/hide icon behaviors. Thanks for the great tip!

Matt United States

7/14/2009 12:54:42 AM

Hrmm that was weird, my comment got eaten. Anyway I wanted to say that it's nice to know that someone else also mentioned this as I had trouble finding the same info elsewhere. This was the first place that told me the answer. Thanks.

Steven W. Scott

7/24/2009 6:59:25 AM


I am having the same problem and the fix works until a new user logs in and the problem comes back. is the only fix for this problem? I am the only user allow to do changes to the registry or restart the computer so the other users cant use this fix when this problem happen to them. Log off and  then log in doesn't help in this situation. I already restore the machine to factory settings and the problem persists. Any clue on what might fix this permanently.

Jose Puerto Rico

8/6/2009 8:27:47 AM

Good you make it sound so easy, most of us would have no clue about what happened to the icon.

Sam Australia

8/9/2009 4:57:53 AM

Thank You for giving the above info regarding 'Volume icon is not displayed in the notification area' fix. I could resolve the volume icon issue with the help of your web page. It worked well.

Sudha United States

8/11/2009 1:34:41 PM

Oh, my gosh!  Thank you SO MUCH!  This worked absolutely flawlessly...I am bookmarking this page so that I can take care of it if it flips out again.  THANKS!

Kerrilee United States

8/21/2009 1:08:29 PM

Thanks Smile It did work...

Prabodh India

8/29/2009 7:33:57 AM

Thanks Colin,

I happened to me several times, stange program Vista is.

Your solution worked out fine.

Fred Netherlands

8/30/2009 8:45:58 PM


I have bookmarked this site.  Great info.  I just started at #4 (not to big on messing around with the reg unless absolutely necessary) Smile  but as I said started with step #4 and the icon reset without any problems.  Thanks again.

Kay United States

9/11/2009 9:12:07 AM

Woohoo! Thanks very much for the post. Let's hope Windows 7 isn't this buggy hey!

Tim Zimbabwe

9/12/2009 6:07:00 PM

Another satisfied reader, thanks.  Worked like a charm and easy to follow for those that are less computer savy.


Linda United States

9/15/2009 5:03:24 AM

Thanks for this! Restarting explorer.exe did the trick.

MichaelJW United Kingdom

9/17/2009 3:17:17 PM

Thank you so much. I've had to do this once before but the method wasn't this easy and most pages wanted me to download a regbooster so thanx.

JB United States

9/20/2009 2:04:38 PM

Thanks, that helped alot. Great post!

Quinton Irick United States

7/19/2011 8:32:46 PM

Worked for me. Thanks a lot Smile

Ap United States

7/20/2011 7:10:01 PM

Thanks a whole lot man! It worked!

Christopher G United States

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