Monday, November 19, 2012

Fix Corrupt or Blank Windows 7 System Tray Icons

I see this a lot where I work and while I haven't yet been able to track down the source of the problem, the fix is as follows:

  1. Open Regedit via Start-->Search
  2. Open Task Manager via CTRL-ALT-DEL
  3. Find Explorer.exe in the list and end the Process
  4. Go back to Regedit
  6. Click Edit-->Find
  7. Search for IconStreams
    1. Or navigate directly to HKEY_CURRENTUSER\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\TrayNotify\
  8. Delete IconStreams
  9. Search or navigate to PastIconStreams
  10. Delete this key as well
  11. Hit CTRL-ALT-DEL
  12. Start Task Manager
  13. Click File-->Run
  14. Type, Explorer.exe 
  15. The issue should be resolved.