System Tray Notification Area Icons missing or disappeared in Windows 7

Sometimes you find your System Tray Notification Area Icons, like Clock, Volume, Network or Power missing or momentarily disappeared in Windows, here is what you may try:


Notification Area Icons missing

Right Click Taskbar and choose ‘Properties’. Then from the ‘Taskbar Properties’ window select ‘Customize’.

Taskbar properties

Next, select which Icons and notifications should appear on your taskbar and hit the ‘OK’ button.

System icons

If this does not solve your problem, or if you find that the areas are grayed out, try this registry tweak.

Create a System Restore Point first, so that you have something to fall back on, should something go wrong. Before touching the registry, I always recommend creation of one!
Type Regedit in Run dialog box and hit Enter. From the Edit Tab, select Find.
Next, type and search for iconstreams and then later for pasticonstreams AND DELETE ALL such found instances of each of them.

On my Windows I found their first instance in Key:

HKEY_USERS \ S-1-5-21-2193082411-1103859620-1337499753-1000 \ Software \ Classes \ Local Settings \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ TrayNotify

You will normally find IconStreams & PastIconsStream in the right side pane of

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


Now enable the system icons using the above regular method. Do note that in case your computer has multiple user accounts you may have to enable icons for each account.

If you are running Windows 7, click Start, type Customize icons and then click Customize icons on the task bar. Next click Turn system icons on or off, and then set Volume, Network, and Power System to On. Click OK, make sure that the behavior for Power, Network, and Volume are set correctly, and then click OK.

Alternatively, you can also use this Fix It solution.

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Anand Khanse aka HappyAndyK is an end-user Windows enthusiast, a Microsoft MVP in Windows, since 2006, and the Admin of Please create a System Restore Point before trying out any software & be careful about any third-party offers while installing freeware. Add me on Google+.
  • jcarerra

    After working with every fix mentioned anywhere on the
    internet for recovering missing power, network, and volume icons, I
    consolidated the ‘repair’ into this procedure…

    Either manually edit each of the registry keys below or make
    a .reg file with EXACTLY the content between the dashed lines and run it
    Put ALL below in a text file named (for example)
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00




    The first one deletes two keys that Windows will restore on

    The last three tell Windows to NOT hide the icons…the zero
    value disables hiding.

    Restart or reboot after editing/creating the keys, or
    running the reg file.

    Works reliably every time in my Windows 8.1, and I’m sure it
    will work in Windows 8;

    not sure about earlier ones.

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