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    Reset Notification Area Icons in Windows 10

    How to Reset Notification Area Icons in Windows 10
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    15 Mar 2017
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    How to Reset Notification Area Icons in Windows 10

    information   Information
    The 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.

    Note   Note
    The notification area icons cache for each user account is located as the IconStreams and PastIconsStream binary values in the registry key below.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\TrayNotify


    EXAMPLE: Taskbar notification area icons
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    EXAMPLE: "Select which icons appear on the taskbar" in Settings
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    Here's How:

    1. Click/tap on the download button below to download the file below.

    Reset_Notification_Area_Icons_Cache.bat

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    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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    That's it,
    Shawn


  1.    23 Sep 2015 #1

    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.
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  2. Posts : 20,786
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
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       23 Sep 2015 #2

    I'm glad it could Weamish.
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  3. Posts : 1,527
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       07 Dec 2015 #3

    I just used this to clean up my new Windows 10 upgrade installation - very useful and quick. Note your antivirus may block it from running and you may need to enable the bat file to run from your antivirus program.
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  4.    22 Dec 2015 #4

    Brink, why don't we just delete the values for IconStreams and PastIconsStream (or the items themselves)? Of course, after backing up the registry...
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  5. Posts : 20,786
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
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       22 Dec 2015 #5

    Hello CDPlayerKC, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    That's what the .bat file does for you. The .bat file kills explorer, deletes those two registry values, then restarts explorer.
    Last edited by Brink; 22 Dec 2015 at 11:27. Reason: typo
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  6.    22 Dec 2015 #6

    Thanks
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  7. Posts : 20,786
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       22 Dec 2015 #7

      My ComputersSystem Spec

  8.    16 Mar 2016 #8

    Is there a way to delete Uninstalled apps from the notification list?


    This tutorial shows how to delete icons for uninstalled apps from the taskbar. Uninstalled apps can also show up in Show Notifications from these Apps. Many people have this problem, but I have been unable to find a solution. This link on the Microsoft website gives more details.

    I have uninstalled both Copernic search and Lookeen search but they still show up. Do you know of a way to delete them from this list?

    Thanks
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  9. Posts : 20,786
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       16 Mar 2016 #9

    Hello braincamp,

    Unfortunately, not without breaking live tiles of apps pinned to Start.
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