Windows 8 and 8.1 Forums


System tray icon entries, can they be cleaned/removed?

  1. #1


    The Netherlands
    Posts : 47
    Windows 10 Pro

    System tray icon entries, can they be cleaned/removed?


    Hello there,

    I was recently installing and checking out Window 8.1. Everything is going just fine and with stuff like Start8 and Modernmix i personally feel i can maintain my old and preferred workflow (so, for the rest i can enjoy any new features that are now available!).

    Anyway, as i was installing some of my software (and migrating settings from Windows 7 for some of them)... i came to some game launcher i use for Arma 2 called PlaywithSIX.
    I had to install it a few times and the update mechanism was a bit fishy imo. For example; i could not even select where i wanted to install the applications (no extra options nothing), it just went straight into my Program Files folder.

    After my install debacle i decided to make sure the system tray icon would always be shown and configure it when i stumbled upon the following:
    Click image for larger version

    Appearantly the app made several system tray icon entries, for having been started from several locations.

    Is there any way to clean these entries in regedit somewhere or something? I hate having double entries in there for no reason....

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #2


    Posts : 22,575
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Ness, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Yes, you could use the method in the tutorial below to reset the notification area icons cache to remove any old invalid entries.

    Notification Area Icons - Reset - Windows 7 Help Forums

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #3


    The Netherlands
    Posts : 47
    Windows 10 Pro


    That totally did the trick! Thanks a lot!
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #4


    Posts : 22,575
    64-bit Windows 10


    You're most welcome Ness.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #5


    Posts : 2
    win 8.1


    I too wanted to remove redundant tray icons and found the the link posted in the sevenfourms but I didn't run it because it didn't seem relevant. I'm not sure why Nesspj found it successful because in Win 8.1 the reg entries for the trayNotify are different. The keys are now:-
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\TrayNotify\LastAdvertisement
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\TrayNotify\PromotedIconCache

    Not "iconstream" & "postIconsStream" so I don't see how the bat file succeeded!

    Anyway, I just ran CCleaner as admin and ticked the "tray notification" box. Then used Task Manager to restart Windows Explorer.
    That worked, like a charm.

    I'm wondering if it would have worked just as well if I had only restarted Windows Explorer.

    Cheers
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  6. #6


    The Netherlands
    Posts : 47
    Windows 10 Pro


    I always test changes consecutively, so the above .bat did really do the trick for me on Win 8.1.
    Maybe you are on, about some different keys?
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  7. #7


    Posts : 22,575
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Jeff, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Nope. The tutorial to reset the Notification Area Icons is still the same in Windows 8 and 8.1 for only the "IconStreams & "PastIconsStream DWORD values.

    Tested and 100% verified.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  8. #8


    Posts : 2
    win 8.1


    Hi Guys, thanks for the comments.
    Maybe I should have used a different phrase - my bad.
    My Win8.1 box only had the
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\TrayNotify\LastAdvertisement
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\TrayNotify\PromotedIconCache

    entries, in the traynotify which is why I was basically querying why the bat file worked.

    I have today looked at my Win 7 laptop, my Win 8.0 box and my Win 8.1 box and now they are all the same e.g. all have the "iconstream" & "pasticonsstream". I'm guessing that my Win 8.1 box had a head ache :-) and that using task manager to restart explorer sorted it out??

    Anyhow, thanks for the bat file Shawn, nice job.

    Just got to sort Vipre out now :-)
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  9. #9


    Posts : 22,575
    64-bit Windows 10


    Anytime Jeff. I hope you get Vipre sorted.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

System tray icon entries, can they be cleaned/removed?
Related Threads
So, yesterday I updated to Java 8. Specifically Java 8u31. After the update, I noticed that the Java Update Scheduler was removed from the Start-up entries and on top of that, the process for it was killed. Booting it up this morning, the update scheduler process still isn't running I am not...
Solved realtek tray icon and usb 3.0 in Drivers & Hardware
so today i installed windows 8.1 for the first time, but i cant find realtek audio in the system tray icon, it installed of what i can see - + on the asus z97 ar motherboard page under drivers and with the cd i cant find usb 3.0 under windows 8.1 but i can with windows 7
(Not sure if correct forum area) Please help! Searched the internet, and could not find reliable results. I am helping a friend set up Google Drive for his small business. He has the free version of Google Apps for Business (his webmaster had the foresight to sign the domain up in time, but...
Solved Onedrive tray icon bug in General Support
Hello , ive an annoying error with onedrive tray icon , it displays like it's starting up but already runs since system boot up. Any idea how to resolve it? Il upload a pic showing it also.
Hi, The small icon that sits in the system tray, bottom right, near clock,won't work, it should show 5 or 6 bars of signal strength, but does not......anyone know how to fix this......I am connected via a 3 ''dongle'' and everything is fine.......apart from this annoying little...
Is there a way to change a software (not system) trayicon for example a download manager or something like that (i'm trying to change Mipony tray icon).I took a look to the forum but i didn't find what i'm look exactly for. thanks
Not sure if I should post it in Performance forum. I have a Acer Aspire 7741Z laptop. Guest OS ....... Win 8 RP in VMware player. Host OS ........ Win 7 Home Premium SP1. Issue.... Power icon is missing in the system tray. When I went to Customize > Turn System Icons On or Off > The...
Eight Forums Android App Eight Forums IOS App Follow us on Facebook