I'm having some issues with my tray notification icons. I have only been running this computer for a few weeks. A few days ago my volume icon disappeared from the tray. I tried a few procedures I found in some Microsoft forums and none worked. One procedure said that the issue often involves group policies. I followed the steps, opening RegEdit and couldn't locate the file they indicated. An alternate procedure was outlined if that didn't work, again entering RegEdit and I forget the exact process, but I didn't locate that either. Another procedure was listed by someone else in the MS group saying to stop the Explorer.exe process. IT disappeared, as the instructions said it would and when I restarted the computer, it wasn't there. In fact, when I went into the customizing page, the three icons I need, volume, network, and power, were all grayed out. Then I tried sfc.exe /scannow in the command line (suggested in the same group) and when I did, the black screen command prompt disappeared and did not scan.
This problem started right after I downloaded VLC Media Player. I tried a system restore and it failed. However, after the failed system restore, the volume icon came back, but it disappeared again shortly after. I uninstalled VLC Media Player and when I restarted the computer, the network icon came back in the tray, volume and power are stilled grayed out, and now there is a VLC icon in the hidden icons not showing on the bar.
Any suggestions here?
Edited by hamluis, 28 December 2014 - 09:38 PM.
Moved from Win 7 to Am I Infected - Hamluis.