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Windows 7: Windows 7 notification arrow missing

30 Oct 2013   #1

Windows 7 Home Premius 64-bit
Windows 7 notification arrow missing

OS : Windows 7 Home Premium
Laptop Manufacturer : HP
Model : G6 series


I am creating this new thread completely aware that there are many similar threads regarding this matter, sadly though, none helped. The problem occured after a bunch of updates on my Windows 7 platform (.NET framework 4 messed up my Windows Phone Emulator v.7.1 included in Windows SDK package, ATI Catalyst Management stopped working etc).

My user account is an Administrator (have disabled the built-in administrator). I tried those gimmicks suggested in other similar threads like locking/unlocking my taskbar, going to taskbar properties and messing with "Always show all icons and notifications one the taskbar", restoring default icon behavior, turning on/off system icons, restarting, etc.

Note that I can tinker with the notifications normally if I go to taskbar properties -> notification customise button, the problem has to do with the notification arrow missing from my taskbar and that the windows 7 loads somewhat slower than before (freezes during user login). I would also like to mention that after the bunch of updates was completed there was a message error pop-up which I unfortunately clicked "ok" without even reading it (was a bit frustrated).

The bottom line is that some user personalisation data have become corrupted since creating a new user and logging in from there works completely fine and with no freezes during login (also notification arrow displays and functions properly). Since this is the third time I experience this problem after massive updates and since I would prefer not to perform another clean installation of the OS / transfering applications and data to a fresh account, I would like to ask if there is an alternative solution.

If you require additional information of my software/hardware system I am happy to oblige.

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30 Oct 2013   #2

Windows 7 Home Premius 64-bit

Reverting to a previous restore point, removing and re-applying .NET framework 4 update bunch and cleaning the registry using a couple of registry cleaning tools (Ccleaner, Wise Resistry Cleaner) solved the issues and the login speed is back to normal (no freezes).
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Oct 2013   #3
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1

What you were asking is called "hidden icons"on the taskbar .... this will tell you about that 'arrow'.
Change how icons appear in the notification area

Notification Area Icons - Hide or Show System Icons and Notifications

Glad you got it fixed :)
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