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Missing Notification Area Icons in Windows 7

Almost after every other system boot (Windows 7 on my Dell laptop), some notification area icons tend to disappear (while the corresponding processes/services are running issue-free). The “champions” are the volume and the power icons, although they are not the only ones affected. And I’m not talking about those “show icon and/or notification” modes which you can configure ad liberum. My icons are configured to be displayed all right — which is exactly the reason it’s so annoying when they disappear.

Windows icons

Now, as opposed to the insanity of fixing a “corrupted user profile”, the solution that works like a charm in my case is a simple restart of Windows Explorer.

Pull up the Task Manager (Ctrl + Shift + Esc). On the “Processes” tab, find the process named explorer.exe. Select it, then click End Process. The taskbar should now disappear. Switch to the “Applications” tab, click New Task and enter explorer in the small window that should pop up. Confirm with OK.

Whee, look who’s back!

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