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Windows 7: Tray Program Location

30 Jun 2013   #1
LAUBO

Vista and Seven
 
 
Tray Program Location

Hey guys,

In my system-tray, there are several 'programs' or 'services' or 'drivers' or whatever running, including Skype and Bluetooth Devices.

I would like to know where these programs/services are located. Obviously for Skype, I know the location. But I know it because I installed it. Now I would like to learn the location through the system-tray. In the case of Bluetooth, I do not know the location of the program/service, and it does not seem to be listed in the Task Manager. A similar argument can be made for the program/service/whatever controlling the volume, for example.

Laurens


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30 Jun 2013   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Check in Program Files and the System32 folder. You can get a clue if you look into the startup tab of msconfig.
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30 Jun 2013   #3
LAUBO

Vista and Seven
 
 

Hey! Thanks for the suggestion. I had already done that, but, for example, for Bluetooth it only mentions 'Bluetooth support service' under the services. There is no startup 'tray.exe', nor anything similar in the System32/SysWow64.

Precisely because these methods (so far) failed, I was hoping there was a more direct route via the system-tray itself, in the sense of a 'right-click > wtf are you?' procedure.
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30 Jun 2013   #4
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

You can use Sysinternals Autoruns to get more info than msconfig/startup shows.
Autoruns for Windows
Look through Autoruns and see if you can find what you are looking for.

Do you have a Bluetooth device that might have installed the program you are looking for?
Can you post a screen print(s) of your msconfig startups?
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You can use Sysinternals Process Explorer to get more info than Task Manager shows.
Process Explorer

You could also do a clean startup to try and determine what startup program adds what tray icon...
Troubleshoot Application Conflicts by Performing a Clean Startup

Some tray icons are "built into" Windows such as Action Center.
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30 Jun 2013   #5
LAUBO

Vista and Seven
 
 

Thank you David.

The first program you suggested shocked me by showing the numerous things which run in my background... ugh. And here I was thinking CCleaner had allowed me to turn off all the non-sense.

Anyway, neither suggestions really brought me closer, specifically in the case of the 'bluetooth-tray' as there was no clear mention of any such program.

I'm pretty sure the bluetooth-service is the one controlling everything, though I'm not sure a 'service' can produce an icon in my tray.

Tray Program Location-msconfig.png


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30 Jun 2013   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

This is the path to the bluetooth service - but that may not help you either. Looks like some .dll.

C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k bthsvcs


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30 Jun 2013   #7
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Click on "Hide all Microsoft services" and see what it looks like.

Do you use (need) a Bluetooth device?
If you don't, you can uncheck the MS Bluetooth Support Service, reboot, and see what happens.
If you find you do need that service, you can re-enable it.

If you are using a Bluetooth Mouse/Keyboard, don't disable the service - you do need it.
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30 Jun 2013   #8
LAUBO

Vista and Seven
 
 

Hey guys,

Turns out that this service is not what I see in my tray, nor is it the initiator of some sort of 'tray.exe' program, as even with the service disabled, the bluetooth-tray-icon appears. Still no idea what it is, where it is located and how it startsup automatically. Neither MsConfig, nor Autoruns, nor Process Explorer shows anything else seemingly related to Bluetooth...
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30 Jun 2013   #9
LAUBO

Vista and Seven
 
 

Could it have something to do with .cpl files in System32 (such as bthprops.cpl)?
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30 Jun 2013   #10
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Seems like that might have something to do with it...

Do you have a Bluetooth icon in Control Panel?
Are you using a notebook with built in Bluetooth?
If so, can it be disabled or turned off?
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