Taskbar issues - missing power meter, network icon, and sound icon

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by The Shadow, Jul 28, 2008.

  1. The Shadow

    The Shadow Guest

    Under the "Notification Area" of the "Taskbar and Start Menu Properties"
    window, I am unable to check the boxes for my volume icon, network icon, and
    my power meter icon. These icons just randomly dissappeared when I booted up
    my computer recently. I have tried rebooting many times, and turning off UAC.
    When I turned off UAC, I got my battery meter back for that specific time
    that I was on my computer. I had gotten my network icon back for a period of
    time but it was gone the next time I booted.I have heard that this may be
    caused by explorer crashing. I do not believe that my explorer has crashed
    since I have had SP1. I have also had some issues with my Z-order on my
    taskbar, but I can live with those. Please help me. I am going to college
    soon, and I need these issues repaired before I leave so please do not chat
    on my post like last time. THANK YOU in advance for any help anyone is
    willing to give.
    The Shadow, Jul 28, 2008
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  2. Ramesh, MS-MVP, Jul 28, 2008
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  3. The Shadow

    The Shadow Guest

    Thank you so much Ramesh. I have not restarted my computer to see if the
    settings stay, but they are here now, and I am sure that they will not
    change. I appreciate your knowledge and willingness to help even if it is
    your job. THANKS!!!
    The Shadow

    The Shadow, Jul 28, 2008
  4. You're welcome! The method I posted is only a workaround, and there I'm
    unsure why this happens every now and then in Vista.

    Similar problem was seen in some Windows XP systems, with automatic logon
    enabled. The workaround was to disable the SSDP Discovery Service. REF


    Ramesh Srinivasan, Microsoft MVP [Windows Shell/User]
    The Winhelponline Blog: http://www.winhelponline.com/blog
    Windows® Troubleshooting: http://www.winhelponline.com

    Ramesh, MS-MVP, Jul 28, 2008
  5. The Shadow

    trajcem Guest

    Hello From MAcedonia.

    - Run “regedit” (Registry Editor
    - Find “iconstreams
    - Delete all registry keys with names “IconStreams” an
    “PastIconStreams” until “iconstreams” can no longer be found in th
    - Restart Windows Vist
    - Enable the missing icon using the usual method:geek
    trajcem, Nov 25, 2008
  6. The Shadow

    M.L. Guest

    To restore notification tray icons:

    Download trayicons.reg and save to Desktop. Right-click on the file
    and choose Merge. Click Yes when prompted for confirmation.

    After running the .REG file, you need to terminate and restart
    Explorer.exe for the change to take effect.
    M.L., Nov 26, 2008
  7. The Shadow

    trajcem Guest

    Official from Microsoft web:
    Click *Start*

    - type regedit in the* Start Search* box, and then press

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    If you are prompted for an administrator password or for a
    confirmation, type the password, or click *Allow*.
    - Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
    - In the Details pane, click the *IconStreams* registry entry.
    - On the *Edit* menu, click *Delete*, and then click *Yes*.
    - In the Details pane, click the *PastIconsStream* registry
    - On the *Edit* menu, click *Delete*, and then click *Yes*.
    - Exit Registry Editor.
    - Restart the Explorer.exe process. To do these, follow these

    - Press CTRL+SHIFT+ESC.
    - On the *Processes* tab in Windows Task Manager, click the
    *explorer.exe* process, and then click *End Process* two
    - On the *File* menu, click * New Tasks (Run)*, type
    explorer, and then click *OK*.
    - Exit Windows Task Manager.
    trajcem, Nov 26, 2008
  8. The Shadow

    lydiatabor Guest

    it seems like I have tried every possible way to get back my icons on my
    taskbar, but nothing seems to work. I have tried multiple ways. When I
    restart the explorer.exe. this pops up in an internet explorer window:

    I'm not exactly sure what to do next. Can anyone help me?
    lydiatabor, Apr 27, 2009
  9. The Shadow

    trajcem Guest

    Ctr + Alt + Delete // File – New Task (run…) // explorer.exe // OK
    This will show your desktop icons but not solve the problem
    To solve it just do this steps

    1- copy explorer.exe from other clean computer (from C:\WINDOWS)
    2- in your computer go to C:\WINDOWS
    3- show hidden files from (Tools - Folder Options - View - Show hidden
    files and folders)
    4- delete explorer.exe and any other files start with explorer...
    5- put the new file (explorer.exe)
    6- log off or restart
    7- log on

    Congratulation your desktop healthy now
    trajcem, Apr 27, 2009
  10. The Shadow

    trajcem Guest

    Sounds like you had a virus.
    trajcem, Apr 27, 2009
  11. The Shadow

    PaulM Guest

    PaulM, Apr 27, 2009
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