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Windows 7: Cant turn on/off systray icons

02 May 2010   #1
LynRennick

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 
Cant turn on/off systray icons

Hi,

My Network icon went missing from the systray so I went into the Control Panel etc to turn it back on and found that it's greyed out. It tells me that only the Administrator can turn on/off the icons. I AM the Administrator! lol

On another forum I was told, that as I only had one Logon account, as Administrator, it was a bad thing to do and that I should create a 2nd account and use that all the time and just go to the Admin accoount when needed. I did that and changed my usual Admin account to a normal account and the new one to Admin. Now, when I logon as Admin I can see the Network icon but I still cant see it when Im on with the normal account. When I login as Admin I still can't change the icons for my ordinary account.

Hope you can understand what I'm saying and I've not confused you. lol

Can anyone help me please? I'd like to be able to see the Network icon with both accounts.

Thanx.

Lyn
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02 May 2010   #2
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Welcome!

If you are the only user of your computer, I suggest using an Admin account as your main account. If you need a Standard account, use one, but you will find an Admin account will simplify things.

You may want to run a system files check. Open an elevated command prompt and enter sfc /scannow.

A repair install might help also, if the above doesn't work.
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02 May 2010   #3
Dinesh

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

If it just started recently, then just do a system restore.
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02 May 2010   #4
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

Don't confuse the "Administrator" account with a user account that has administrator privileges. The built in Administrator account is there for emergencies and is not meant to be used as your default daily user account. It's fine to create a separate user account and make it an administrator. Just don't use the built in Administrator account as your only user account. If it gets hosed you have no way to get in and fix it. Having said that even if your user account has administrative privileges windows UAC is still going to prompt you with "you must have...." messages. You could turn it off temporarily while you try to sort this out just to rule it out. Just don't forget to turn it back on again. I wouldn't personally use a "normal account" for my daily login. It would just drive me nuts not being able to change anything. The only time I would use that type of account is if I was to let somebody else use my PC and i didn't want them to be able to change anything.
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02 May 2010   #5
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Lyn, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Before you do any of the above, double check to see if you may be able to enable those system tray icons again using the tutorial below.

System Icons - Enable or Disable

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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02 May 2010   #6
LynRennick

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Thanx for the replies. But its still the same.

The first thing I did Brink, was to check that I had the Network icon turned on, and as I said, it wasn't and I am unable to turn it on as it is greyed out. This is the problem I have..I cant turn anything on or off as it says I'm not the administrator.

I took notice of Jonathan_King's comments and I have now got rid of the 2nd account, so as before, I am the only user and am the Administrator.

I also did what JK suggested re: elevated command prompt and sfc /scannow, it scanned and said that there had been a few errors which had been fixed but I lost my Internet connection and couldnt get it back at all. I was having quite a few probs so I ended up using System Restore and went back to last Wednesday, when I know the Network icone was in the systray...but it's still the same..no icon and I can't turn it on.

I'm confused now as I've now seen Alphanumeric's post saying that I SHOULD have a 2nd account. I've only ever had one account and that was as Administrator. I only created the second account yesterday when someone on another forum said I should. But, whether I have one or two accounts, the problem still exists and was there BEFORE I created the second account. I WAS the Administrator but it wasn't letting me turn on/off the icons and still said only an administrator could do that, which I was.

The Network icon went missing from the systray on Thursday.

I'm really beginning to hate Windows 7. I only installed it last Sunday and I've had nothing but trouble since. I've not had this much trouble with any of my computer systems in the 10 years I've been using a computer, going from Windows 98, XP, Vista and now 7. I got my computer in October the day before 7 came out..yes..I know..stupid move...but Acer sent me a Windows 7 disc but I've only just found the time to install it.

I want my XP back!

Lyn
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02 May 2010   #7
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Lyn,

Did you do a clean install or a upgrade install to Windows 7? Upgrade installs may sometimes develop issues from the previous OS.

Sometimes a simple restart of the computer will return them to normal. If not, then I would try what Dinesh posted above and do a system restore using a restore point dated before this happened.
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02 May 2010   #8
LynRennick

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Hi Brink,

It was a clean install. It was the only way that it could be done with the model PC I have.

I did the System Restore earlier on this afternoon after I did the elevated command prompt and I lost my Internet and a few other issues occurred. I guess I'm just not meant to have the Network icon showing. lol It does seem strange tho that even as the Administrator it's telling me that I can't change the icon as I need to be an Administrator! Weird!

Lyn
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02 May 2010   #9
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

There is a trouble shooting section in control panel with a section for "Network and Internet" and also "System and Security". It might be worth a look see.
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02 May 2010   #10
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Lyn,

Perhaps we are missing something. To be sure, could you post some screenshots of what you are seeing?
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