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Notification Area Icons - Reset

How to Reset the Notification Area Icons Cache in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8
Published by Brink
13 Jun 2009
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How to Reset the Notification Area Icons Cache in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8

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This will show you how reset the Notification Area Icons cache to fix any currupted icons and remove any old icons of uninstalled programs from the Notification area Icons hide or show settings in Windows 7/8 and Vista.


EXAMPLE: Windows 7 and Windows 8 "Notification Area Icons" Before and After Reset
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EXAMPLE: Vista "Customize Notification Icons" Before and After Reset
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Here's How:
1. Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below.
Reset_Notification_Area_Icons_Cache.bat
download
Note   Note
This .bat (batch) file will confirm with you to kill the explorer.exe process, delete the registry keys IconStreams and PastIconsStream, restart the explorer.exe process, and confirm with you to restart the computer.


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2. Save the .bat file to your desktop.

3. Double click/tap on the .bat file to run it, click/tap on Run (if prompted by UAC), and follow the onscreen instructions in the command prompt.
NOTE: If you like, you can stop getting the Run prompt by unblocking the .bat file.

4. This is what you will see if the registry keys IconStreams and PastIconsStream have already been deleted.
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5. This is what you will see if the registry keys IconStreams and PastIconsStream have not already been deleted.
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6. After the computer restarts, the registry keys IconStreams and PastIconsStream will automatically be recreated the next time you make any change to the notification area icons in Windows 7/8 and Vista.
That's it,
Shawn



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16 Jul 2009   #1
Dinesh

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

Thanks Shawn, this is something that i have always wanted for.
My notification area now looks so neat and clean.

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16 Jul 2009   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome Dinesh.
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16 Jul 2009   #3
Dinesh

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

Wait, that arrow is gone? How do i get it back?
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Nevermind, i looked into control panel and i got notification icons area again. I removed Action Center from the list and its back again. So basically, in order to have that arrow, you should have atleast 1 icon hidden.

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16 Jul 2009   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

LOL, yep.
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16 Jul 2009   #5
Dinesh

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

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That's sad. You deserve it for this tutorial.


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16 Jul 2009   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

That's ok Dinesh. My main purpose is to help.
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17 Jul 2009   #7
Dinesh

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

Hi Shawn, we can also reset the notification area icons using CCleaner. Under Advanced, check the Tray notification cache and click Run Cleaner. It will ask to restart explorer.exe.
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17 Jul 2009   #8
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Thank you Dinesh. That's a nice feature to have in CCleaner. I haven't noticed it before. I wonder when they have added it, or how long it has been there.
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17 Jul 2009   #9
Dinesh

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

Just installed windows 7 build 7600.16384 (my 1st 64bit experience). When i installed Ccleaner, i was going through its options and there i found it.
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