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Author Topic: CHS Icon Disappears from System Tray  (Read 456 times)

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CHS Icon Disappears from System Tray
« on: February 14, 2017, 11:03:07 AM »
The CHS icon does not appear in the System Tray for Windows XP. For a long time it always appeared right after booting but lately it stopped showing. The Customize Notifications menu shows it in the Past Items section.

I tried various options in the Startup and Tray options for CHS but nothing helps.


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Re: CHS Icon Disappears from System Tray
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2017, 12:34:33 PM »
is it running but not showing in tray, or not running at all?

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Re: CHS Icon Disappears from System Tray
« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2017, 01:09:03 PM »
If it is a case of CHS still running, but the icon is not displaying, then it might be worth getting Restart Explorer by Lee Whittington - it's part of Ultimate Windows Customizer from Windows Club

I used RE in Win7-64 when stuff was not showing in the Systray - which was a recognised bug in Windows Explorer, it seems.

Anyway, just that one little executable fixes the Systray items non-display problem, and I still use it to good effect in Win10-64 PRO. This is a workaround to fix the recurring symptoms, not a fix for the bug per se.

There are various other ways to force Explorer to restart, but some of them don't necessarily get priority and so a wait/delay ensues once you start to execute them. However, I found that RE would consistently take priority, shut down Explorer and restart it quite expeditiously - and the Systray icons would all come back tickety-boo. So it's brutal and effective.

EDIT: I just had to use RE now (several Systray icons had disappeared again) and it worked a treat - they are all back again.
« Last Edit: February 14, 2017, 02:30:23 PM by IainB »

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Re: CHS Icon Disappears from System Tray
« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2017, 05:03:26 PM »
The description for RE says it works on Windows 7. Did you try it on Windows XP?

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Re: CHS Icon Disappears from System Tray
« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2017, 05:15:29 PM »
The description for RE says it works on Windows 7. Did you try it on Windows XP?

I kind of doubt it would also work on XP (if designed for Win 7 upwards)
Did you see mouser's post?

is it running but not showing in tray, or not running at all?
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Re: CHS Icon Disappears from System Tray
« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2017, 06:01:48 PM »
The description for RE says it works on Windows 7. Did you try it on Windows XP?
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No, I only used RE on Win7-64 and above.
All RE does is kill the explorer.exe process and then restarts it.
That is the same process in XP too, as I recall, so I would assume that RE could work.
I'd suggest you suck it and see (try it out). It will either work or it won't.    :)

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Re: CHS Icon Disappears from System Tray
« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2017, 01:53:02 PM »
I found that CHS is indeed running in the background and will respond to <CTRL><ALT><M> and opening the main menu. But having the icon showing allows more options for using CHS.

There is a script from Kelly's File which appears to do the same thing that RE does. It modifies the registry then restarts Explorer. The Kelly File has been taken down but there is a web site that has recorded everything that used to be there.

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Re: CHS Icon Disappears from System Tray
« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2017, 02:39:21 PM »
@flowergardener: What you write above is interesting, but did RE work for you in XP?

I'm not sure what "the script in Kelly's file" refers to, but. as i wrote above:
There are various other ways to force Explorer to restart, but some of them don't necessarily get priority and so a wait/delay ensues once you start to execute them. However, I found that RE would consistently take priority, shut down Explorer and restart it quite expeditiously - and the Systray icons would all come back tickety-boo. So it's brutal and effective.

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Re: CHS Icon Disappears from System Tray
« Reply #8 on: February 15, 2017, 03:10:59 PM »
I found that CHS is indeed running in the background and will respond to <CTRL><ALT><M> and opening the main menu. But having the icon showing allows more options for using CHS.
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There is a way to see all the processes that are running, by invoking the Windows Task Manager.
In XP, I think pressing Ctrl+Shift+Esc(ape) keys all together at the same time (that is the hotkey combination) will pop up the Task Manager window, which lists all the processes currently running. The processes can be sorted into different orders by clicking on the various column headings.

The user can control those processes from that window, so take care - the processes can be "killed" (terminated) from that window. That is also one way to manually kill explorer.exe and restart it, but it's a bit slow to do it manually, which is why I prefer to use RE instead. RE does the same thing but is very fast by comparison.

Right-clicking the CHS icon in the Systray is quite different - it activates the CHS application menu.