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Windows 7: System Icons Disabled. Unable to change settings

16 Nov 2011   #1

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium
System Icons Disabled. Unable to change settings


I have Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Having a problem with System Icons not showing. Been really frustrating trying to resolve. I actually had this problem before and was able to get it working using the registry overrides on this site, but they dont work now for some reason. I have attached my screenshots. One shows the 'Always show Notification Icons...' greyed out and no icons listed on the Manage notification icons window (you will also notice no system icons are displayed). The other shows all system icons greyed out except for the Clock

Here are the steps I have done:

1) Enabled the 'hidden' Administrator account as seen here:

Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable

2) As this Administrator account, Run several Malware/Virus/Rootkit scans from numerous vendors, no issues found

3) Used the registry options to try to enable notification area settings

How to Enable or Disable Changing "Notification Area Icons" Settings in Windows 7

"Notification Area Icons" Settings - Enable or Disable

4) Used the registry options for each system icon to enable

How to Enable or Disable Windows 7 Notification System Icons

System Icons - Enable or Disable

After all the steps above, including the Malware/Virus scan - still greyed out options.

Does someone have some advice on anything else I can try?


Attached Thumbnails
-empty-notifications-greyed-out-always-show.jpg   -systemiconsgreyedout.jpg  
My System SpecsSystem Spec

16 Nov 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Steve,

Double check by using step 1 in OPTION ONE of the tutorial below to see if this may the issue instead. It looks closer to how your screenshots look.

Notification Area - Add or Remove

Hope this helps,
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Nov 2011   #3

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium

Shawn, that did the trick - thanks so much!
My System SpecsSystem Spec

17 Nov 2011   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

That's great news. You're most welcome.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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