Systray Annoyance

By Nodsu ยท 94 replies
Jan 26, 2003
  1. Guloso

    Guloso TS Rookie


    Getting back to the original problem we're trying to solve here...

    Behold the solution:

    Place a shortcut to systray (C:\Windows\system32\systray.exe) in the common startup folder (C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Startup).

    Restart the computer.

    The problem is GONE!


    Ok, now I can relax...
  2. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,549

    The problem is HIDDEN!


    Ok, now I can relax...


    [Another nice and simple *fix*, well done]
  3. FlatAlex

    FlatAlex TS Rookie

    I also had the problem that the systray disappeared completely, and found out that a wrong Tweak UI setting caused this. Re-enabling in Tweak UI the checkbox Show taskbar notification icons under Taskbar and Start menu, and rebooting did the job for me.

    So it wasn't exactly a problem, but my own inattention, but maybe I'm not the only one who disabled systray without noticing.

  4. bluejay

    bluejay TS Rookie

    I tried the solution mentioned by Guloso above.... and it did consistantly enable one systray icon imparticular( one that I was having trouble with: "safely remove hardware") to load each time I rebooted. However I am still having trouble with my volume systray only loads if I log out and back in. Also...after doing this solution I noticed that all my desktop icons are now highlighted as if they were locked onto my desktop.....but they are not and I cannot get rid of the highted names. Actually ...the function of locking the desktop icons does not work for me now.

    I've been fiddleing with this "missing systray icons" for some time now.......anyone out there with a miracle solution please respond. Thanks J
  5. chris_de_ze

    chris_de_ze TS Rookie

    I had the same problem in my laptop (DELL D800). I went around that by disabling "cftmon" from the startup (msconfig) list. cftmon (language bar) was creating the problem at least in my computer. Now everything is OK. All icons show in systray.
  6. chris_de_ze

    chris_de_ze TS Rookie

    By the way, all the other solutions posted so far in this forum by others (and I have read the WHOLE thread from its very beginning) didn't work for me. This is why I ended up with the "ctfmon" disabling solution. At least this works for me (so far, after 20 reboots in 2 days). Thanks to all fellows who brought up this problem.
  7. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    Its been a while since I have read the thread, so I'm not sure if I said it in this one or the one that I created in Misc Software. But my only icon problem was the new mail notification from OutlookXP.
    Anyway I think in that thread I further said what the deal was. But I'm now running Outlook 2003 and all is well again.
    So basically if your New Mail Notification thing is the missing system tray icon then I don't think its related to the other system tray missing icons that other people are having in this thread.
  8. yongchou

    yongchou TS Rookie

    ( my way around the problem )

    At least I can access my other programs now by right-clicking on the SystrayX icon. Although the XP systray itself still only shows 2.

  9. endersshadow

    endersshadow TS Rookie

    I noticed everybody that had this problem had Tweak UI, so I tried uninstalling that, but it didn't work. Then I came across your situation. Works like a charm!!!!!

    Thank you!!!
  10. skiabox

    skiabox TS Rookie

  11. stelex

    stelex TS Rookie

    I had a problem where all my tray icons were gone, in fact the whole sys tray was not visible. I wen't into Taskbar properties but the option was greyed out (!)

    I'm using Win XP pro with SP2rc2. One user (me) has everything OK but another (my wife) has the problem described above.

    I tried to load systray.exe manually, through startup, through registry - nope !

    Then I searched the registry for all "%tray%" entries in the local user and found this one:

    CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer] TrayItemsDisplay

    After I deleted it, logged off and on - bingo, all icons are there and the option is not greyed out anymore. Phew !
  12. Guloso

    Guloso TS Rookie

    ok guys. It's been a while, but I think I finally came up with a solution that really works:

    go to add or remove programs/add remove windows components.

    remove universal plug and play (under network services).

    restart windows.

    reinstall universal plug and play (reverse procedure).

    restart windows.

    this worked fine for me.

    please let us know...
  13. nsferatu

    nsferatu TS Rookie

    WTF! Sorry for my newness...but the issue is now solved...

    I have had this issue since I put on SP2, and it has been ever so annoying (icons disappearing in Sys Tray). But the post right before me has given the correct solution. In XP there is the setting for Universal Plug and Play, which really isn't needed. So uncheck it and walla! Icons come back...

    BTW I didn't go back and re-check the Plug and Play option...I think I'm almost afraid to, but realistically it hasn't impaired me from a damn thing.

    I've done a bunch of restarts, shut downs what have you and all the while the icons reappear. Thanks so much!
  14. n3tw0rk t3ch

    n3tw0rk t3ch TS Rookie

    i had the same issues with XP Pro shutting off systray icons. in my case, some of the things were not actually starting. others were. what i did to fix the issue was unplug my computer ofr an hour or so. this is some sort of reset. i do not under stand how it worked but it did
  15. Gunny

    Gunny TS Rookie Posts: 66

    I had this problem a while back. StormBringer touched on the probable reason - too many processes vying for run time and resources at startup.

    Get and run a free utility called StartRight. I think you can get it from It adds a short adjustable delay between each start up process to eliminate this "thrashing". I uninstalled it in order to install a newer version. I have not installed that yet but the problem does not seem to have returned.

  16. Graymel

    Graymel TS Rookie

    Sys tray loading woes.

    After fighting this problem for a long time, I had finally given up and disabled/re-enabled each program that failed to show its sys tray icon. I suppose the volume icon was the most annoying. When I needed it the most it would fail to load. As most of you have found out there doesn't seem to be much rhyme or reason this latest MS blunder. By the way, as far as I know MS doesn't even attempt to address this latest headache. Perhaps its the 1,000,000 problem with XP, and they are saving it for a special presentation (who knows?) Anyway it appears the "pile-up" theory has some merit, and the icons are trying to load at the same time. I have two computers both home built, both running XP Home sp1 sp2, and they both have the sys tray disappearing/reappearing icons. Thanks to gunny who recommended and a free utility called StartRight my computers loaded right for the first time in months. True its a little slow loading, but at least its works for now. I've wracked my brain trying to remember when this problem started, but I can't. I suppose it must have been in the last few months, because I use the volume control a lot, and I would have noticed if it had been a long time. I did install SP2 a few weeks ago, but I'm not sure if it triggered any problems or not. What beats the heck out of me is WHY hasn't Microsoft addressed the problem. Anyway so far so good with StartRight. Thanks guys!
  17. Gunny

    Gunny TS Rookie Posts: 66

    YW Graymel :D
  18. irvdk

    irvdk TS Rookie

    New Member

    I also have the problem and after trying everything in this thread its still the same. I just installed StartRight and it has done nothing. Sometimes 9 and sometimes 3, so the thread continues. Please post the answer when its found.
    Thanks Irv
  19. irvdk

    irvdk TS Rookie

    Fixed systray icons

    This has fixed my problems with the icons disappearing in sytem tray.

    go to kellys-korner under xptweaks

    Scroll to line #156 and download the registry repair.

    Hope this helps someone else.
  20. beng

    beng TS Rookie

    Useful links

    Here are some useful links for sorting out the system tray missing icons problem in Windoze XP:

    I cannot post links so i have to break them, up, you have to manually reconnect them (remove spaces around the full stops) or google the titles

    System Tray Icon Missing from System Tray in Windows XP
    www . mydigitallife . info/2006/01/04/system-tray-icon-missing-from-system-tray-in-windows-xp/
    How To: Fix Missing System Tray Icons at Windows XP startup
    www . . html

    Systray icons missing
    winhlp . com/node/16

    Also a quick temporary fix is Ctrl-Alt-Delete, use task manager to end the task explorer.exe, then start a new task and open explorer.exe again.
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