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    Reset Notification Area Icons in Windows 10

    Reset Notification Area Icons in Windows 10

    How to Reset Notification Area Icons in Windows 10
    Published by Category: Performance & Maintenance
    04 Mar 2018
    Designer Media Ltd


    How to Reset Notification Area Icons in Windows 10


    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.

    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

    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.


    EXAMPLE: Taskbar notification area icons
    Reset Notification Area Icons in Windows 10-taskbar_notification_area_icons.png


    EXAMPLE: "Select which icons appear on the taskbar" in Settings
    Reset Notification Area Icons in Windows 10-select_which_icons_appear_on_the_taskbar.png



    Here's How:

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

    Reset_Notification_Area_Icons_Cache.bat

    download

    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 computer now, you will need to later to finish resetting your notification area icons. (see screenshots below)

    Reset Notification Area Icons in Windows 10-reset_notification_area_icons_cache_command-1.png
    Reset Notification Area Icons in Windows 10-reset_notification_area_icons_cache_command-2.png


    That's it,
    Shawn




  1. Posts : 30
    Win 10
       #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. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 42,282
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 18985
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       #2

    I'm glad it could Weamish. :)
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  3. Steve C's Avatar
    Posts : 4,133
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       #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. Posts : 2
    Windows 10
       #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. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 42,282
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 18985
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       #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 10:27. Reason: typo
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  6. Posts : 2
    Windows 10
       #6

    Thanks
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  7. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 42,282
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 18985
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       #7

      My ComputersSystem Spec


  8. Posts : 19
    Win 10 Pro
       #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
    Reset Notification Area Icons in Windows 10-notify-list.jpg
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  9. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 42,282
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 18985
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       #9

    Hello braincamp,

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