Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

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:

My System SpecsSystem Spec
07 Jun 2009   #2

Win 8 Release candidate 8400

hey onesevenone

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

My System SpecsSystem Spec
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.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

07 Jun 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9

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

Have you installed anything that messes with the Taskbar?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
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

My System SpecsSystem Spec

 Notification Area problems

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Cannot customize Notification Area
My notification area always displays all icons and notifications, but when I want to customize those systray icons, for some reason I can no longer use "Restore default icon behaviors" or make any other customations.:( In window "Select which icons and notifications appear on the taskbar" all the...
General Discussion
Notification Area
I've searched this and other sites for an answer to the question "how do I increase the size of the notification area icons"? (Earlier called the system tray). All threads seem to lead to adjustments to the quick launch bar. I can use the advanced appearance windows but this also affects the...
Notification area
I've read Brink's excellent tutorial on how to change this area's settings. I changed the length of time a message appears. I'd like to test what I've done. How do I create a benign notification or action center message to test how long it remains on the screen? Thanks.
Performance & Maintenance
Notification Area
My network icon of the notification area is displaying incorrectly! At first, it was okay. But through times, it's changed unexpectedly. I don't know why. I got a picture of it. It's not supposed to display this way. Is there anyone know how to solve this problem? I appreciate all the...
General Discussion
Notification Area Tweak
Hello all, After hours of Googleing I haven't been able to find an answer to what I'm trying to accomplish so I hope someone here has an answer or an idea for me. The Notification area in Windows 7 has a customize link to where you can show or hide different icons. In that customize section...
Notification Area
Hi, Is it possible to cleanup the notofication area? I have installed an uninstalled some apps but the ols icons still remains in the notification area.
General Discussion

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 20:00.
Twitter Facebook Google+ Seven Forums iOS App Seven Forums Android App