System icons not showing or missing from Windows 7/8/10 Taskbar

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

Taskbar

System icons not showing in Taskbar

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.

Turn system icons on or off grayed out

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.
find
Next, type and search for iconstreams and then later for pasticonstreams and DELETE ALL such found instances of each of them.
iconstreams

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 also normally find IconStreams & PastIconsStream in the right side pane of

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

Reboot.

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 8 or 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 from Microsoft that fixes the Notification Area Icons missing problem in a click.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.

6 Comments

  1. 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)
    “NotificationsFix.reg”
    —————————————–
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerTrayNotify]
    “PastIconsStream”=-
    “IconStreams”=-

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesExplorer]
    “HideSCANetwork”=dword:00000000

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesExplorer]
    “HideSCAPower”=dword:00000000

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesExplorer]
    “HideSCAVolume”=dword:00000000
    —————————————–
    The first one deletes two keys that Windows will restore on
    boot.

    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.

  2. furio mil

    This worked pretty nice, I rebooted and they were there again. I didn´t find PastIconsStream but the first one. Thank you

  3. Alex Mesesan

    many thanks for this topic, you solve my problem!

  4. Piotr ?ó?towski (Piter432)

    Screenshots’ missing after migrating ur site to HTTPS.

  5. Piotr ?ó?towski (Piter432)

    Thank you 🙂

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