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Author Topic: Tip - workaround for Windows 7 disappearing Systray Icons bug  (Read 2281 times)

IainB

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Tip - workaround for Windows 7 disappearing Systray Icons bug
« on: November 21, 2011, 12:59:06 AM »
I just thought I'd link to this answer to an annoying problem - it might come in handy, if you didn't already know of it.
Though it's based on a blog post from 2007, I only came across it a few days ago.
Tip - workaround for Windows 7 disappearing Systray Icons bug

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Re: Tip - workaround for Windows 7 disappearing Systray Icons bug
« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2011, 02:13:24 AM »
Thanks for the useful tip.

Looks like you could use ScreenshotCaptor. :Thmbsup:


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Re: Tip - workaround for Windows 7 disappearing Systray Icons bug
« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2011, 06:33:11 AM »
Thanks for the useful tip.

Looks like you could use ScreenshotCaptor. :Thmbsup:

You're welcome. I'd be happy for the info to be of interest/help.

I already use ScreenshotCaptor for most screen clipping.      :Thmbsup:
I also use Windows Snipping Tool for "lasso-type" clips to the Clipboard, and ABBYY Screenshot Reader for capturing text in images (gets OCR'ed to the Clipboard). (Both great tools, IMO)     :Thmbsup:
I use CHS for all my Clipboard management (text and images).      :Thmbsup:
And when sitting at my laptop, I always wear a T-Shirt with @mouser's avatar emblazoned on it.

But I only used CHS in making that post. The clips in the post were copied, together with the text, from the 2007 post in the blog I referred to.

(I was joking about the T-shirt.)

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Re: Tip - workaround for Windows 7 disappearing Systray Icons bug
« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2011, 06:43:07 AM »
Or you could just use this:

http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/restart_explorer.html

Works on Win 7  :Thmbsup:

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Re: Tip - workaround for Windows 7 disappearing Systray Icons bug
« Reply #4 on: November 26, 2011, 02:15:52 AM »
@CleverCat: Thanks, the NirSoft would do the job fine, except that it apparently restarts Windows Explorer and Internet Explorer. I just want the former restarted.
Found what I need in the form of Restart Explorer.exe - see below.

Just to keep this together - I made this post elsewhere on the forum: Ultimate Windows Customiser (Windows Club) - quick review
Ultimate Windows Customiser (Windows Club).
Just a quick heads-up from me in case it this software might be of help/use to anyone.

There was a post in The Windows Club on 2011-11-25 entitled Customize Windows with Ultimate Windows Customizer

There is a downloadable file (uwc.zip) of version 1.0 of a customising tool (developed by Lee Whittington, for the Club).
Most of the tool's features seem to be cosmetic for the GUI, and some features are still under development, but I reckoned it was worth giving a trial, so I did. I let the proggy install itself to its defaults, and then gave it a whirl.

Conclusion:
1. Not bad as far as it goes. Am awaiting the next version with interest.
2. The executable Restart Explorer.exe (see list below) was of particular interest/use to me. It kills and restarts explorer, and then exits.

Restart Explorer.exe seems to have saved me the effort of automating the steps outlined in the post about restoring Systray icons, here: Tip - workaround for Windows 7 disappearing Systray Icons bug .
(In that post CleverCat had already commented about an alternative at http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/restart_explorer.html)

Included in the tools are these executables (which are called from the tool's GUI, but some seem to run OK as stand-alone processes too):
C:\Program Files (x86)\Ultimate Windows Customizer\Tools\memorb.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Ultimate Windows Customizer\Tools\QuickHide.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Ultimate Windows Customizer\Tools\RegOwnit v1_1.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Ultimate Windows Customizer\Tools\ReplaceIt.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Ultimate Windows Customizer\Tools\Restart Explorer.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Ultimate Windows Customizer\Tools\Screenshot.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Ultimate Windows Customizer\Tools\Shadow.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Ultimate Windows Customizer\Tools\Showit.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Ultimate Windows Customizer\Tools\Taskbar Color Effects.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Ultimate Windows Customizer\Tools\Updater.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Ultimate Windows Customizer\Tools\UserPic Reload.exe
« Last Edit: November 26, 2011, 02:25:31 AM by IainB »

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Re: Tip - workaround for Windows 7 disappearing Systray Icons bug
« Reply #5 on: November 26, 2011, 04:51:34 AM »
The missing icons issue in XP was what prompted me to write Lacuna Launcher. I figured out that if all the tray icons aren't competing to get into the tray at the exact same time, they will have a better chance of all making it there.