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Windows 7: How to remove icons from notification tray?

30 Oct 2010   #1

Windows 7 Professional
How to remove icons from notification tray?

My friend had an issue where he recently installed a program, and then went on to uninstall it. He cleaned out all the registry issues and leftover files.

However, in his notification tray (Win7 Professional), the app icon remains. Not in the actual notification tray, given that the app never does anything.

When he goes to the little arrow, and then hits "Customize", the app shows up. Is there any way to get rid of it manually?

He's already reinstalled/re-uninstalled the program. Didn't work.

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30 Oct 2010   #2
A Guy

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1

Notification Area Icons - Reset

Brink is all knowing, lol. A Guy
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31 Oct 2010   #3


sometimes even when you uninstall a program the folder is left in program files ( or program files (x86) ), this can leave icons. Have you checked for any leftover folders?
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31 Oct 2010   #4

Windows 7 Professional x64

Try downloading a free program called Computer Cleaner ( Piriform - Download ) . It will help clean your computer of unwanted system cache, internet cache, auto-complete passwords that have been stored and much more other kinds of sweeping.
It is a tool I've been using for over a year now. My favorite feature is the ability to choose cookies you want to keep and ones not to keep, along with a msconfig startup tab sort of thing that lets you delete progams from existing in the start menu, make programs startup ect.

This tool will most likely help sove this problem, especially once all related programs to this un-removable icon have been uninstalled.
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31 Oct 2010   #5

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

Normally, the procedure given by the tutorial will suffice to solve your problem.

Please let us know if the problem is gone after following the tutorial.
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