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Windows 7: System Tray Icons Will Not Turn On At All

28 Sep 2013   #1
Trainman122

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
System Tray Icons Will Not Turn On At All

So for the last few month I've had a string of issues, when one was fixed another would pop up, a virus showing up, my old anti-virus was kicking me out of games and other programs every 5 minutes to warn me about it but it couldn't fix the issue. So I downloaded Avast anti-virus, it fixed the virus problem, but suddenly I have no more access to my System Tray Icons (Network Sharing Center, Volume Adjuster, ETC.) as well as some of the centers themselves no longer working right. This proves to be an issue because I can no longer connect to any Wireless internet except my home internet, it never used to be like this. So after a few more issues I was forced to remove Avast completely from my laptop. The icons still wont show and the centers are still having no response, I've tried the Windows Fixer program, manually trying to fix it. Nothing is working and it's getting really annoying.

This is what my System icons ON OFF window looks like, note the four system icons that are not even able to be turned on.



This is my home group page, this is what lets me find and access public Wireless internet hot spots.



The Action Center refuses to turn back on.



So this is basically my problem, with icons not showing I don't know if i'm connected to an internet source properly, I don't know what my laptops battery life is at when it's unplugged because that icon is missing, I've tried every online and offline troubleshooter I could find, nothing. So, a desperate plea, anyone know what the hell is going on?


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28 Sep 2013   #2
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

I would try this
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28 Sep 2013   #3
andrew129260

Windows 7 Professional x64 Sp1
 
 

Its more likely the threat is causing the problem and not the antiviruses itself.
The threats might not be completely gone.
Please do what MilesAhead suggested.

I also suggest the following:

"Notification Area Icons" Settings - Enable or Disable (Use option one, the first download link)

Notification Area Icons - Reset

These links might help you get back the functionality. Let us know how it goes.
If you are able to get the tray notifications fixed I would reinstall avast and run a boot scan to tackle any remaining threats. I also suggest downloading malware bytes in my signature and run a full scan after updating it.

Let us know how it goes.
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28 Sep 2013   #4
Trainman122

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Well I tried Miles way, did the repair disk, all the way to the command prompt in the boot up menu, I enter in the command, wait a while, it said it was unable to do the requested operation. Tried it three times, same message each time. I set everything back to normal and then tried Andrews way, downloaded the file, right click, merge blaa blaa, it gave me a registry error, I reset my computer anyway, but I still can't do a thing to my system icons. I think you may have been pointing at the other system icons, which those are working fine, it's only those four system icons that are not working.
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28 Sep 2013   #5
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Sorry to say but it sounds like reinstall time. I would perform some step by step regimen for cleaning an infected drive, including a slow format before installing.
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28 Sep 2013   #6
Trainman122

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Of which, i'm not even 100% sure it's worth it.
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28 Sep 2013   #7
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

I'd try a few more virus scanners. There's no sense running a system that's still infected. It's bound to bite you later. If it comes up clean then perhaps a repair install will work.
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28 Sep 2013   #8
andrew129260

Windows 7 Professional x64 Sp1
 
 

I would go for the repair install
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28 Sep 2013   #9
Trainman122

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

how do I do a repair install?
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28 Sep 2013   #10
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Trainman122 View Post
how do I do a repair install?
Here's a nice tutorial for that,

Repair Install
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