System Icons disappearing in the Notification Area in Windows 7 [Solved] – Registry Hack

There must be annoying times when you boot your Windows 7, you don’t see your system icons like volume, network, power, action centre, clock etc. in your notification area (system tray). Though you may get them back again by opening System Icons from the Control Panel and changing the behaviour to On.

But doing it everytime is a tedious task, so “Trishtech” suggests a registry hack. All you have to do is make some registry changes and re-boot the system. Your problem of system icons becoming invisible in the notification area is solved.

1.        Open Windows Registry Editor by clicking on the Start Menu, typing regedit and pressing Enter.


2.        In the Registry Editor, navigate to the following registry key :

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareClassesLocal SettingsSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionTrayNotify


3.     Select the values labeled IconStream and PastIconsStream by clicking on them and then click the Delete key on your keyboard to delete these values. You can also right-click on these values and then select Delete from the right-click menu.


4.     Restart your computer for the changes to take effect.

If this doesn’t solve your problem, you may need to make few more changes.

  • Open Control Panel.
  • Click the drop-down arrow next to View by and select Small Icons.
  • In the page, click on Notification Area Icons and click on Turn system icons on or off.
  • This will open the System Icons page. Now you can set the behaviours of different system icons to On.
  • Now, if required restart the system and the changes should be permanent.

This will solve your problem of system icons disappearing in the Notification area in Windows 7.

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  • Akshay Jose May 30, 2012, 2:06 pm

    Please help Me Too Email akshaycomp48@yahoo:disqus .com
    The Icon Is Greyed outWindows 7 ultimate

    • Karri Avinash May 30, 2012, 2:35 pm

      @Akshay: I replied, please check your mail.

    • Loukritia Kotoulia Aug 11, 2012, 4:05 pm

      I have the same problem as Akshay Jose but I have windows 7 home premium.My action center is working right.My mail is you please help me?

      • Karri Avinash Aug 19, 2012, 7:52 am

        @facebook-1583187091:disqus : I replied to your mail . Probably do a restart and if that doesn’t work, do a virus scan. Even if that doesn’t work out follow the tips in this tutorial. . The last part in the tutorial which asks to change the registry keys can be helpful and will solve your problem.

        • Shane Dec 27, 2012, 7:40 pm

          I have tried all these but icon stays greyed out.

          • Palla Ramarao Dec 28, 2012, 7:05 am

            Try googling with this keyword “system icons greyed out in windows 7” and see if it can be solved.

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