Windows 10: Disappearing System Tray icon

Discus and support Disappearing System Tray icon in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; I have a situation where my Macrium Reflect "backup-in-progress" icon stops being displayed. I've reported this to Macrium, but I'd like to better... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by pokeefe0001, Nov 17, 2020.

  1. Disappearing System Tray icon

    I have a situation where my Macrium Reflect "backup-in-progress" icon stops being displayed. I've reported this to Macrium, but I'd like to better understand what is going on ... including how System Tray (a.k.a. notification area) icons are displayed.

    I'm running Win 10 2004 and (if it matters) Macrium Reflect Home 7.3.5289.

    This problem regularly occurs on only 1 of my 4 computers, and appears to be associated with Remote Desktop access and/or disconnected mode.

    On "attended" computers (i.e., not using RDP access) the backup icon is always displayed, either in the System Tray or in the list of hidden icons, when MR runs a backup. But access via RDP seems to mess this up. I can reproduce the problem on any (well, at least 2) of my computers by the following scheme:

    1. Start with the computer in a "Locked" state.
    2. Connect to the computer using Remote Desktop.
    3. Manually start a scheduled backup. The icon appears in System Tray.
    4. Disconnect the Remote Desktop connection. This puts the computer in a Locked state but the backup runs to completion.
    5. Wait for the computer to enter Sleep state.
    6. Wake the computer with "Wake on Lan" processing and connect with Remote Desktop again.
    7. Manually start another backup. This time the icon is not displayed.
    8. Disconnect Remote Desktop and log in locally.
    9. Start another backup. The icon is still not displayed.
    10. Reboot and start another backup. The icon is displayed.

    I know nothing about the Windows notification processing so this my be a really dumb question, but is there something trying to display a Systems Tray icon while Windows is running disconnected that would make Windows flag the icon as unusable? I know that can't be universal since I have most of my System Tray icons seem bothered by this.

    pokeefe0001, Nov 17, 2020

  2. Tray icon disappears

    I've been experiencing since the installation of Windows XP SP2 on multiple machines with the ATITool Tray Icon disappearing upon load at system startup. Sometimes it's there, sometimes it's not. Enabling or Disabling the "Hide Inactive (tray) Icons" WinXP menu option doesn't have any effect. The only way to open ATITool after it has loaded is to go through the start menu to open it again. I have "minimize on close" selected in ATITool. When closing ATITool, you see it make the motions of minimizing to the tray area but no icon is displayed. Any ideas?
    djshowergel, Nov 17, 2020
  3. How to recover hidden icon in System tray on Windows 10?

    Hi Callum,

    As you are facing issues with un-hiding the icon in System tray, we will help you with this issue.

    Do let us know which is the icon you have deleted from the system tray for better assistance?

    I suggest you to try the below steps to add the icons to Taskbar and check if it helps.

    • Press Windows key, click on Settings.
    • Click on System> Notifications & actions.
    • Click on Select which icons appear on taskbar (to select the icons that appear on Taskbar)
      and also click on Turn system icons on or off

    Hope it helps. If the issue still persists, let us know with brief description for further assistance. We will be happy to help you.

    Thank you.
    Deepika Gowda, Nov 17, 2020
  4. Disappearing System Tray icon

    Tray icon disappears

    I've been logging restarts on my system and here's the results:

    2005/07/07 20:40 No ATiTool Icon
    2005/07/07 20:48 Icon Displayed
    2005/07/07 20:55 Icon Displayed
    2005/07/07 21:08 No ATiTool Icon
    2005/07/07 21:54 Icon Displayed
    2005/07/07 22:02 Icon Displayed
    2005/07/10 04:03 No ATiTool Icon
    2005/07/10 04:07 No ATiTool Icon
    2005/07/10 12:55 No ATiTool Icon

    System Specs:

    BIOSTAR M7NCD Mobo (Socket A FSB up to 400MHz)
    AMD AthlonXP 3200+ (2.2 GHz)
    Corsair DDR400 2-2-2-5 2T (2x512MB)
    ATI Radeon 9800 Pro AGP 128MB (enhanced copper heatsink for cpu & ram)
    SoundBlaster Live! Platinum Edition PCI
    1 Hard Drive, 3 Optical, Floppy, USB Mouse, USB KB, USB Webcam, USB Gamepad, LPT Printer

    48 Processes on system startup, beyond normal windows services:
    ATI Graphics Drivers
    BOINC Manager/Client Applications
    Creative Sound Manager
    DiskKeeper Defrag Daemon
    DirectUpdate Dynamic DNS Client
    Java Update Manager
    Trend PC-Cillin 2005 components (AV & Firewall)
    PowerDVD Service
    PowerQuest Monitor Service
    Webroot Spy Sweeper SDK

    Hopefully some of this will come to good use.
    djshowergel, Nov 17, 2020

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