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Various Issues, Including Missing Tray Icons


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#1 Gunto

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Posted 05 March 2011 - 07:29 PM

Never thought I'd have to post in here, but I suppose I was wrong.

I'll go over the various issues I've been experiencing for a few months now.

#1: System Tray Icons

Well, I have an idea on how I started thing issue. I was screwing around with Disk Cleanup and accidentally removed a few system utilities (like Paint and WordPad), but I fixed them and brought them back, so everything is reinstalled. However, I noticed that my system tray icons were different; most were missing. I assumed they would return after I reinstalled all of the missing utilities, but they didn't. Only once in a blue moon now do all of them start accordingly. Sometimes, when a tray icon SHOULD appear, like when I open a program that creates one, it doesn't, though my iTunes and mIRC icons always appear. Almost all of the tray icon processes are shown to be running when I open my task manager.

#2: Unable to Install the New Windows Live Messenger for XP

This one bothers me a lot more. I'm completely unable to install the new MSN, or any other Windows Live software for that matter. I received the notice from my WLM that unless I installed the update I couldn't use it, so I tried to get the updated version, and it appeared as if everything installed perfectly, it was at 100%, but it rolled back all its progress and didn't update/install anything, and it said that it didn't because "the installation was canceled". I tried running it again, and when I saw it was rolling back again I canceled, but THEN it was nice enough to remove WLM from my computer entirely. Yeah. Thankfully, Mail and Photo Gallery are still here. But, no matter what I try, even using the installer from various sites (no crack or warez sites though, of course!) still ends with the same rollback and canceled installation result. I even disabled Sunbelt Personal Firewall and it still failed. I've managed to get by by using the really old Windows Messenger that thankfully I still have, though I'm getting rather tried of it, I'm sure I'm just a big security risk using it.

I'm running Windows XP Home Edition with Service Pack 3. I'm hoping I can get some help with this. :)

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Posted 05 March 2011 - 07:41 PM

Since we don't know exactly what you removed...nor do you...I suggest doing a repair install of XP.

I further suggest that not use any "registry cleaners" now or in the future on your system. I say this because they (typically) may remove/damage key system files.

I would also advise against downloading Microsoft files...from any website other than the MS site.

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Posted 05 March 2011 - 07:52 PM

Well, the thing is, I was posting this here because I was hoping these issues could be resolved without requiring me to backup all of my important things and reinstall/repair install my system, because I don't really have anything that I can use for backup. If it can't be resolved without some sort of OS install then I'll probably learn to just live with it.

So, is there any possible way I can get past this issue without me doing some sort of OS install?

EDIT: What I meant by Disk Cleanup is the built-in utility that comes with the computer. I don't use it anymore besides to clean up some disk space from temporary files. I don't use registry cleaners anymore, besides CCleaner, and I always use the option to backup my registry before I clean anything, no matter how small.

Edited by Gunto, 05 March 2011 - 07:54 PM.

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Posted 05 March 2011 - 08:10 PM

i would start with system file checker .

go to start/run type in with out the quotes "sfc /scannow" not the space between c and /

sfc/Scannow: Scans all protected system files immediately and replaces incorrect versions with correct Microsoft versions. This command may require access to the Windows installation source files.

im thinking it might fix a corrupt system file that could be causing some of your problems ,good luck

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Posted 05 March 2011 - 08:54 PM

Thanks Caper, I ran the Windows File Checker. Looks like it completed just fine, nothing popped up. I'm assuming that means my system files are intact?

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Posted 06 March 2011 - 01:26 AM

The two issues that you have mentioned may be un-related. I would like to post some information that may help you with one of your problems.

Re: Item #1 ... the missing System Tray icons
Have a look at the following topic at Tech Support Forums and let us know if the description matches what is happening on your system.

http://www.techsupportforum.com/forums/f10/solved-no-tray-icons-after-reboot-501804.html

If you think that it does seem to be the same issue then try the suggested resolution. Success?
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Posted 06 March 2011 - 01:55 AM

I preformed the actions in the thread and I am going to restart now. I'll edit my post with my results.


EDIT: I restarted, all my icons were present! I installed a few updates FileHippo Update Checker had for me and restarted again, and once again my icons are present! I believe that fixed my tray issue, thank you! :thumbsup:

Edited by Gunto, 06 March 2011 - 02:26 AM.

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Posted 06 March 2011 - 08:47 AM

Windows Live Messenger 2011 This version of Messenger is for Windows 7 and Windows Vista.

Maybe uninstall your current version of Live Messenger and download\install
Windows Live Messenger for Windows XP

Edited by TulsaRose, 06 March 2011 - 08:48 AM.

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Posted 06 March 2011 - 06:22 PM

I deleted the Messenger folder, and I tried to install the Windows Media Player plug-in, and it completed successfully but I still can't choose my language and download. I even restarted Firefox, and it still won't work. :(

EDIT: I used Safari to download the installer instead, and I most certainly got the XP one, same result, everything still rolls back.

Edited by Gunto, 06 March 2011 - 06:33 PM.

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