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Windows 7: disappearing icons (notification area)

24 Jan 2017   #1
timeless

Windows 7 Professional (64bit)
 
 
disappearing icons (notification area)

its just started happening.. twice so far,everything in the notification area (icons/show desktop) disappears.. l can get them back by going control panel then editing the notification area settings and clicking show all then unchecking to only show the ones l want shown.

however l noticed they disappeared maybe 5mins after, no idea why as l havent changed any of the settings at all, going to reboot see if it happens later but lm kinda confused as to why the clock and the notification area icons are just disappearing randomly.


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24 Jan 2017   #2
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello timeless,

If this happens again, you might see if resetting the notification area may help if corruption is at fault.

Notification Area Icons - Reset
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24 Jan 2017   #3
timeless

Windows 7 Professional (64bit)
 
 

its not that, however l just noticed something.. they disappear when l run media player.
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24 Jan 2017   #4
timeless

Windows 7 Professional (64bit)
 
 

the cause of the issue is definitely media player, which l must admit l edited settings of. going to try and reverse them but it doesnt make sense, all l change were options pertaining to getting information from the internet.
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24 Jan 2017   #5
timeless

Windows 7 Professional (64bit)
 
 

sorry for the triple post, but thought l would add an image to clarify the icons l meant, and also add further information and steps lve taken.

firstly lm pretty sure the issue thats causing my notification area, clock and show desktop has something to do with media player now, every time l opened any video file.

secondly after realising this l remembered l changed some settings a few days ago, all these settings were made within Windows Media Player options, the options l changed were unticking of all tick boxes within the Enhanced Playback and Device Experience. and also unticking history and other tick boxes. it seems if l do anything to any of those options l loose the icons in my notification area along with the clock etc, l can get it back by editing the notification settings then ticking and unticking the show all icons.

to resolve the issue l reset WMP with the troubleshooter, then additionally visited programs and features then turned off WMP as a windows feature, rebooted then turned the feature back on.. however if l change any of the privacy settings again the problem reoccurs and l have to reset WMP, disable the feature then re-enable it again, if l change any setting on WMP privacy options l loose my notifications area, clock..

so... l guess if l cant change my privacy settings to something l feel is acceptable, can someone please recommend a player l could use in place of it? with a similar setup but lightweight with pretty much the same features? granted l use MPC-HC but l usually have video files queued up and l dont want to mess up its play list, so l mostly use WMP for browsing single files or just queuing music from my library (lm not looking for a player like winamp).


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24 Jan 2017   #6
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

You might be interested in this thread:

Best Win Media Player alternative?

I keep WMP disabled but when I was using it I used this to disable some settings:

xpy Portable | PortableApps.com - Portable software for USB, portable and cloud drives
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However I'd suggest that nobody should use it without a system image backup in place or at least a system restore point.


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24 Jan 2017   #7
timeless

Windows 7 Professional (64bit)
 
 

thanks for the links, l decided to try out potplayer and disabled WMP, so far my annoyance hasnt happened again.. l dont see much in the way of privacy settings, and the only downside is l have to save playlists and opening them specifically from what lve seen but l guess l can live with a minor annoyance rather than the larger one of where l loose my notifications area every time l change my privacy settings.

now all l need to worry about is acquiring some PS4 games, finally acquired a console and a PS+ membership but l couldnt sell my old laptop because of a webcam issue, otherwise l would have been able to get some games LOL.
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24 Jan 2017   #8
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

If you want to open a playlist directly without first launching PotPlayer navigate to:

C:\Users\Username\AppData\Roaming\PotPlayerMini64\Playlist

Click a playlist to launch. To move back/ forward between videos press pgup or pgdn
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I prefer opening and closing the playlist flyout pane. Just press F6 to toggle.


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24 Jan 2017   #9
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

RE: Privacy settings. It doesn't need them. It doesn't connect to send usage statistics or anything else when you play a video. I have software that alerts me to outbound connections and PotPlayer doesn't make any unless you tell it to open an online stream.
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24 Jan 2017   #10
timeless

Windows 7 Professional (64bit)
 
 

l guess its just a matter of me getting used to it.. its a pretty different look compared to what lve been used to for a while.
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