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Windows 7: Notification Area problems

07 Jun 2009   #1

Windows 7 RC1
Notification Area problems

Hey guys.. got a question for you.

OK so I've had Windows 7 RC on a Dell Inspiron 9300 laptop ever since it came out. Everything has been working great. But one day I noticed the notification area was different. The color had become darker and anytime I tried to customize the behavior of the notifications, explorer.exe stops working and as to be restarted. Any ideas on how to fix this?

Looks like this:

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07 Jun 2009   #2

Win 8 Release candidate 8400

hey onesevenone

Did you skin this or do some other visual effect change?

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07 Jun 2009   #3

Windows 7 RC1

Thanks for the quick reply Ken!
No skins or anything like that. I can change the style to another aero theme and the notification area is still darkened. But I did notice that if I change it to a classic theme, it's all one color.
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07 Jun 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9

That is really strange........

Have you installed anything that messes with the Taskbar?

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07 Jun 2009   #5
Orbital Shark


Hi onesevenone, welcome to the forums.

There could have been some issue with system files.

If you run command prompt as administrator (Start Menu - type cmd - right-click cmd and select 'Run as Administrator'). From there you can run sfc /scannow, this will check your system file integrity for errors & possible corruption. If issues are found then Windows will restore the affected file.

Hope this help :)

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