Systray Icons Missing In Windows XP

Several months ago my systray, aka system tray and taskbar notification area, stopped showing all the icons. Which was a major pain mainly because the volume control icon was missing.

For a while I would manually restore the icons but this quickly became old. So I hit Google and after several hours I found this is a known issue on some Windows XP installations and the solution, for me, was to run a patch.

After I ran the patch, saw it worked, I deleted it and didn’t give it another thought. Until today when I installed the latest XP update because it “broke” the patch. Which meant I had to find it again. Luckily, this time it only took about 5 minutes to find since I knew the issue.

I am keeping the patch this time for future use and if you want a copy, you can download it here.

If you would like to read more about this issue, take a look at this article.

Take care,


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