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System tray icons disappear in Win98

by webdoll62 / November 5, 2004 12:47 AM PST

I tried searching the forums but can't find the solution to this problem. I normally have several programs running on my PC at the same time so it's normal to have about 8-10 icons on my system tray. Most times when I minimize these programs I minimize them to the system tray to keep them out of sight but still be able to access them when I need to. At times, I will be using Explorer and receive an error that the program has to close. Whenever this happens it refreshes my screen but most of my system tray icons will disappear. How can I restore these? If I simply try to get to the running program by reopening it, I get two instances of the same program running. This gets on my nerves, because I have to reboot and restart my programs, causing me to lose what the program was originally doing.

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Re: System tray icons disappear in Win98
by S Barringer / November 5, 2004 1:04 AM PST

I'm had the same problem, and the only solution I've found is to reboot.

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Re: System tray icons disappear in Win98
by fathergoose / November 5, 2004 1:55 AM PST

The only way I have recovered the icons in the system tray is to reboot. But if you need to save your work in the programs that are running, try the ALT-TAB key combination. The ALT-TAB key combination shows the applications running and you can switch to them that way. Good Luck and Happy Computing...

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Re: System tray icons disappear in Win98
by billzhills / November 5, 2004 2:00 AM PST

webdoll62

Possibilites

Spy-ware/virus -> Low Memory -> Low system resources.

Run these scans
http://reviews.cnet.com/5208-6132-0.html?forumID=32&threadID=1313&messageID=15002

Go to system information, in accessories/system tools,
"tools -> DirectX Diagonstic , this page will tell you the amount of physical memory installed and usage. Physticl memory must be lower than usage. Go back to main page, here you will find System Resources. System Resources for proper operation should be around 70%.

Bill
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Re: System tray icons disappear in Win98
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / November 5, 2004 8:57 AM PST

Webdoll,

It's important to know which operating system you are using. Windows 98/ME will handle that issue much differently than Windows 2000/XP. Either way, if you've actually got 8-10 DIFFERENT "programs" running at the same time, I suggest reducing the number of open programs so it doesn't occur. Even with good resources, the conflicts can become too much for a computer to handle. I try to limit the number of programs to 2 or 3, but might have 6 to 8 windows open.

In order to help your resources and decrease the problems with "resources", please follow the procedures at both of the links below. It may take a while, but it should help:

How To Shut Down Unnecessary Start Up Programs

How To Clean Unwanted Files From The Hard Drive

When you're done with the procedures above, make sure to run Scandisk/Chkdsk and Defrag to optimize the hard drive.

HOpe this helps and let us know how it goes.

Grif

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Re: System tray icons disappear in Win98
by Cursorcowboy / November 5, 2004 9:08 PM PST
At times, I will be using Explorer and receive an error that the program has to close.

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