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Taskbar notification area icon is missing

If the notification area icon has suddenly disappeared, or if no icon is shown in the notification area after you started NetWorx, you may just need to reset the Windows icon cache.

How to clean up old notification icons in Windows

Windows has a useful ability to automatically hide notification area icons that are not in use, to prevent cluttering the area. Windows Explorer adds every icon that has ever been in the notification area to the list, and, over time, this cache list may become very long.

To see this list, right-click on the Taskbar, choose Properties, then go to the Notification Area tab and click the Customize button.

To reset the list (please note, this will remove all settings you set for the icons):

  1. Open regedit.exe through the start menu and find this registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\TrayNotify
  2. There you will see two entries: IconStreams and PastIconsStream. Delete both of them. If you wish to be on the safe side, use the export function to make a backup before deleting anything.
  3. Reboot the computer.
  4. Now the list in the Customize Notification Icons window should be new and clean, with all settings reset to default.

Alternatively, you can simply download and launch the attached batch file. It will delete the registry entries mentioned above and restart the shell for you.

Attachments:
ResetIconCache.zip ResetIconCache.zip

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