System Icons - Enable or Disable

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  1. Posts : 71
    Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
       #40

    I too am having the same problem on my HP laptop - on Windows boot, my system icons (action center, power status, network status, and volume) are disabled and cannot be enabled using the normal UI (grayed out). I tried your suggestions - installing the registry keys and updating the group and system policies - but the problem has, if anything, gotten worse.

    The problem seems to go away when I kill and restart Windows Explorer from Task Manager. However, the problem returns the next time I boot up. In the "RUN" dialog, there is a notice that the program will be started with administrative privileges. Is it possible that when the system boots, it launches Windows Explorer without elevated privileges? If so, how can I get Explorer to launch with full permissions?
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  2. Posts : 70,232
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #41

    Hello pikalax,

    If this just started recently, then you might see if doing a system restore using a restore point (if available) dated before this start may be able to fix this for you.

    Hope this helps. :)
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  3. Posts : 71
    Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
       #42

    Brink, I don't even remember when this problem started, and I've installed a bunch of software since. Most of these software packages have limited activation policies. How can I do a system restore without losing these installations?

    EDIT: Never mind, I don't have a restore point from before November, which is around when this all started. It seems the only solution is to set EXPLORER.exe to launch with elevated privileges on boot. However, all the compatibility options are grayed out. How do I configure this?
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  4. Posts : 70,232
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #43

    pikalax,

    Since restarting explorer helps, then for now you might use the tutorial below to add restart explorer to your desktop context menu to make it easier to do.
    As a test, create a new administrator account and see if you have this issue while logged in to it.
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  5. Posts : 71
    Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
       #44

    Brink, you may be on to something here. I created a new administrator account, and the new account is unaffected by this problem.
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  6. Posts : 70,232
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #45

    Well, if you like, you could use the new account instead. After copying any files (documents, music, etc....) from the old account, you could delete the old account afterwards to save space if needed.
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  7. Posts : 3
    windows 7 home premium
       #46

    I have tried EVERYTHING still cannot see battery


    I have spent about two hours trying to access my battery icon as it has been disabled for a couple of days now (possibly more, and I have absolutely no idea why!), I have done the following: downloaded the REG file; tried to access it from the administrative account; and use task manager to end the explorer.exe process and type in the systray.exe process. Nothing has worked!

    It's really frustrating because if I haven't got my computer plugged in, I am unaware if it is lower than 10% battery so it will just cut out in the middle of the work I am doing.

    PLEASE HELP!!!
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  8. Posts : 70,232
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #47

    Hello l0097, and welcome to Seven Forums.

    Have you installed all the latest drivers for your computer from the manufacturer Sony?
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  9. Posts : 3
    windows 7 home premium
       #48

    How do I do this?
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  10. Posts : 70,232
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #49

    What model number is you Sony Vaio?
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