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Show System Icons In Notification Fix it Live!

Show System Icons In Notification Fix it Live!

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We just released another Fix it Knowledge Base (KB) article. This Fix it shows system icons in the notification area as described in KB 945011.

  • This one should prove to be useful to many :) Thanks.

  • Nice! This is one of the top FAQs in Vista. I earlier made a VBS to fix this.

  • Hello Ramesh and HappyAndyK, we appreciate the comments.  If there are other VB Scripts you think should be a "Fix It", feel free to send us an e-mail.


  • restored my missing icons. Had to hack the registry manually about 3 months ago to turn the missing icons back on. guess another update turned them off again. this fix routine makes it easier and safer to fix the problem.

  • Hello Support Engineer,

    Thank you for taking the time to post a comment. We have a great group of people working on Fix it and we hope you find other Fix it’s useful as well.


  • Couldn't get the icons to appear using the Taskbar Dialogue - options were greyed out. The real questions is what caused it to happen in the first place. I haven't installed any software except the required windows updates.  

    Could you help me with one other thing please, I have a blank space where an Icon should appear but it appears to be hidden. How can I find out what is causing this please? Thank you.

  • This is a very good work-around for me because I will need to use it about once a month.

  • Thanks, It does restore my missing Icons, but the trouble is that I have to run it every time I turn on my system.

    Is there anything else I could do to solve my problem?

  • Fix the problem temporary.

    But is not a real solution. What I need to know is why I get the problem. The better way to fix a problem is to fix the real cause and not the the effect...

    I'm disappointed about the professionalism of Microsoft. --> Just for this solution!

  • Did not work on mine. Can not get battery and volume to appear in notification area.

  • Worked like a charm. I just had to go back into properties, where I was then able to check the block wheras it was grayed out before.

  • Whilst I am glad that the "fix-it-for-me" option, I have had to run this twice in two weeks to restore the volume control to the notification area. Surely there should be something more permanent available as a fix?

  • did anyone have this problem before they installed internet exployer 8?  when i installed ie-8,trouble started, no network,volume or power icons,all grayed out. only clock can be checked. i uninstalled ie-8 next day,back to ie-7.problem still there, i will keep working, troubleshooting, etc.

  • This does not work.  Come on Microsoft.  Get a Good solution.  I want to be able to call a tech and get real support without paying through the nose.  Your updates caused the problem put some time into "the solution"


  • This FIX works as long as I don't run any updates.If I do the same problems occur and I have to run this FIX again.Its getting boring now.SORT THIS OUT please.

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