How to Reset Notification Area Icons in Windows 10
InformationThe notification area is located at the right end of the taskbar, and it contains app and system icons that provide status and notifications about things like incoming email, updates, and network connectivity.
Sometimes the notification area icons cache may get corrupted causing the icons to display incorrectly or distorted, and still show icons of uninstalled apps in Notification Area Icons settings. When this happens, the notification area icons needs to be deleted in the registry to reset and automatically recreate it.
This tutorial will show you how to reset the notification area icons cache to fix any corrupted icons and remove any old icons from the taskbar notification area for your account in Windows 10.
NoteThe notification area icons cache for each user account is located as the IconStreams and PastIconsStream binary values in the registry key below.
EXAMPLE: Taskbar notification area icons
EXAMPLE: "Select which icons appear on the taskbar" in Settings
1. Click/tap on the download button below to download the file below.
2. Save the .bat file to your desktop.
3. Close and save anything that you are working on before proceeding. The next steps will involve killing explorer and restarting the PC.
4. Run the .bat file.
5. If prompted, click/tap on Run to approve. If you like, you can unblock the .bat file to no longer get the Run (Open File - Security Warning) prompt.
6. Follow the instructions in the command prompt to reset your notification area icons. If you do not restart the PC now, you will need to later to finish resetting your notification area icons. (see screenshots below)
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Thanks, this worked for me too. Seems like one or another of these odd problems pop up every day in Win 10 - weird stuff that I haven't seen in 20+ years of using Windows.