Removing System Tray icons!

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Performance' started by beto666, Jun 30, 2007.

  1. beto666

    beto666 Guest

    Does anybody know where I should go/edit in order to remove undesirable
    system tray icons (those beside the clock)? Probably some registry
    entries or .ini files? How about Group Policies? Any tips? I wouldn't
    like to install any tweak progs. Thanx everybody!
    beto666, Jun 30, 2007
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  2. In most cases, with "well-mannered" applications, it's usually as
    simple as opening the undesired program and deselecting the option to
    "display icon in the system tray" or to "start when Windows starts."

    Additionally, Look in the C:\Program Data\Microsoft\Windows\Start
    Menu\Programs\Start Up, and in the system registry, primarily in the
    HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run and
    HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run keys.

    The following article refers to WinXP, but the same techniques apply to

    How to Troubleshoot By Using the Msconfig Utility in Windows XP;EN-US;310560


    Bruce Chambers

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    Bruce Chambers, Jun 30, 2007
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  3. First, note that you should be concerned with *all* programs that
    start automatically, not just with those that go into the tray. Not
    all autostarting programs manifest themselves by an icon in the tray.

    On each program you don't want to start automatically, check its
    Options to see if it has the choice not to start (make sure you
    actually choose the option not to run it, not just a "don't show icon"
    option). Many can easily and best be stopped that way. If that doesn't
    work, run MSCONFIG from the Start | Run line, and on the Startup tab,
    uncheck the programs you don't want to start automatically.

    However, if I were you, I wouldn't do this just for the purpose of
    running the minimum number of programs. Despite what many people tell
    you, you should be concerned, not with how *many* of these programs
    you run, but *which*. Some of them can hurt performance severely, but
    others have no effect on performance.

    Don't just stop programs from running willy-nilly. What you should do
    is determine what each program is, what its value is to you, and what
    the cost in performance is of its running all the time. You can get
    more information about these at If you can't find it there,
    try google searches and ask about specifics here.

    Once you have that information, you can make an intelligent informed
    decision about what you want to keep and what you want to get rid of.
    Ken Blake, MVP, Jun 30, 2007
  4. beto666

    beto666 Guest

    Thank you guys. The thing is, I don't want to stop programs which start
    with Vista, but only to stop their icons from being displayed in the Sys
    Tray, that's all. It should clean things up a bit, and help with startup
    performance. For example, I don't have any icons on my desktop being
    displayed. Icons are loaded just like anything else. I want to trim
    things a bit here and there to gain speed. Thanks for your time.
    Checking the links and tips.
    beto666, Jun 30, 2007
  5. The icon showing in the notification area is not what slows down your
    computer. It is the running program that places the icon in the tray. Stop
    the program from running at startup and the icon (which cause no system
    delay) will be gone.

    Removing the icon from the notification tray does nothing to speed up your
    computer, if the program that places it there is still running. The icon is
    "mostly" for convenience to you, the user.



    Richard Urban
    Microsoft MVP Windows Shell/User
    (For email, remove the obvious from my address)
    Richard Urban, Jun 30, 2007

  6. You have no control over that. Whether they do or not depends on how
    they are coded.

    It will not help with any kind of performance.

    If you like it that way, that's fine, but you are gaining *nothing* in
    performance by doing it.

    Once again, there is *no* speed to be gained by doing things like
    Ken Blake, MVP, Jul 1, 2007
  7. beto666

    Cal Bear '66 Guest

    Won't give you any speed, but you can hide them. Right click Start Orb, select
    Properties, Notification Area tab, Hide inactive icons check box and Customize
    button, highlight the icon you are concerned with and select options from the
    drop down list.
    Cal Bear '66, Jul 1, 2007
  8. beto666

    beto666 Guest

    Thanx again everybody. I thought I was doing the right thing, but from
    your comments I'd rather leave it like it is. Anyway, I removed the
    starting of some useless stuff (like Quicktime, for instance). The
    desktop is clean. I tried an SD Card (Kingston) to be activated
    readyboost, but the system returned not compatible. Will look for
    something which is.

    All of you were most kind. :)
    beto666, Jul 1, 2007

  9. You're welcome. Glad to help.
    Ken Blake, MVP, Jul 1, 2007
  10. beto666

    Bob Newmam Guest

    I don't have any objection to most of those programs running, what I do have
    an objection to is being forced to have icons telling me things like "I'm
    currently connected to a local access network", "Microsoft Office Outlook",
    "McAfee Security Center", etc., etc, taking up my valuable tray real estate.
    When I need to click an icon there that I need I can't find it in the mess.
    Then should have an icon for a "drawer" you could puts selected icons in and
    you could open the drawer on an as needed basis.

    Bob Newmam, Jul 1, 2007
  11. beto666

    Cal Bear '66 Guest

    So HIDE the ones you don't want to see all the time.
    So simple, so easy -- even a caveman could do it.

    I Bleed Blue and Gold

    Cal Bear '66, Jul 1, 2007
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    Bob Newmam Guest

    I don't see nearly all of them on the list.

    Go Rexy.

    Bob in Gainesville
    Bob Newmam, Jul 1, 2007

  13. This would be an option within each individual program, if it's been
    made available by that application's manufacturer.


    Bruce Chambers

    Help us help you:

    They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary
    safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. -Benjamin Franklin

    Many people would rather die than think; in fact, most do. -Bertrand Russell
    Bruce Chambers, Jul 1, 2007
  14. beto666

    Nieuw Dingen Guest

    How about removing icons from the "Past Items" list in the "Customize
    Notification Icons" menu? I have icons there for programs that have been
    removed and listingss with the wrong icons that I would like to clean out.

    Nieuw Dingen, Jul 15, 2007
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    Steve Guest


    I just bought an HP Athlon 4800+ with Windows Vista Home Premium
    pre-installed. There are threee icons in the system tray, Num Lock, Scroll
    Lock, and Caps Lock, that don't work and I can't get rid of (no right-click
    function). I can't find anything in either HP's database or Windows Vista
    help. Any ideas how I can get rid of them?
    Steve, Jul 15, 2007
  16. Those are likely a result of the HP supplied keyboard drivers. Look there to
    see if these can be turned off.



    Richard Urban
    Microsoft MVP Windows Shell/User
    (For email, remove the obvious from my address)
    Richard Urban, Jul 15, 2007
  17. beto666

    beto666 Guest

    Steve, try using "msconfig" (no quotes, of course) in satrt search to
    open cutomization of programs which run when Vista starts. Check the
    "Services" tab and see if you can find anything to help. There you will
    find all the services which start automatically with Windows.
    Check/uncheck to turn on/off. Sorry if I am repeating something which
    you already know or which has already been discussed.

    Or even, like Richard said, those are pre-installed features which came
    along with the lappie. There must be an HP control panel or something to
    turn them on/off. You still have the chance to clean install Vista
    without any of HP stuff. Use the key provided to activate. But that's a
    harder and more time consuming option.
    beto666, Jul 15, 2007
  18. beto666

    Ken Blake Guest

    I've never seen such icons, so my guess is that they are HP-supplied. You
    should contact HP for help with them.
    Ken Blake, Jul 15, 2007
  19. Hi Mate,
    Best way to remove those unwanted icons and in fact ALL unnecessary things
    is to upgrade your system to Linux!
    Personally I recommend Ubuntu. It's free and it comes without DRM. You have
    total control of your own PC. It's also way more secure than Vista. You don't
    have to worry about viruses anymore.

    The feeling of being free is just incredible! I recommend you to upgrade



    The man from Finland!, Jul 25, 2007
  20. beto666

    Lord Takyon Guest

    I am sure they will be so happy at your contribution. You Linux fan boys
    are a very strange lot, you assume people using Windows are morons. My
    security is good, I do a small amount of maintenance and use a bit of common
    sense, no problems here.

    I have used Linux before, not really all it was cracked up to be. If it is
    as good as you lot say then why is it such a minority? Especially
    considering the price.

    Some people like to be able to use their computers without a science degree.
    Lord Takyon, Jul 25, 2007
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