Windows - Recover lost/missing system tray icons

Ask a question

On some occasions, after successfully installating upgrades of Windows operating-systems, some of the Systems Tray Icons can go missing. Losing the set Systems Tray Icons can be annoying and diffcult for users who are used to working with these particular Icons. The good news is that the auto-deleted icons of the Systems Tray can be easily recovered in the OS. It only takes a few simple formatting steps to recover the lost Systems Tray icons in Windows. The user should be able to do so by going to Start, then clicking on Run. The article below takes you through the remaining steps.


After the installation of a new program or disinfection procedure, some of my system tray icons had gone missing. What can be done to get your icon back?


  • 1. Back up the Registry by creating a restore point.
  • 2. Go to Start > Run (or Windows-key + R), type in regedit and hit OK.
  • 3. Navigate to the key:
  • 4. Delete the values IconStreams and PastIconsStream.
  • 5. Open up the Task Manager (Ctrl + Shift + Esc), go to the Processes tab, select explorer.exe and click End Process.
  • 6. Open the Applications tab and click New Task at the bottom-right of the window.
  • 7. In the message box that pops up type in explorer.exe and hit OK.
  • 8. Explorer.exe will reload, and the missing icons should now be back in the system-tray where they belong.
  • 9. Then if the volume bar isn't there, go to taskbar properties (where the volume was gray) and simply tick the box.

Thanks to Kristen for this tip.

Windows - Automatically save data to a particular drive
Windows - How to disconnect and reconnect a device?