(XP) Tray Icons dissapear on heavily loaded system - here is the fix

Started by Theo Gottwald, November 10, 2010, 05:38:19 AM

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Theo Gottwald

I had this on my system. After booting, the tray icons did not load.
I have disabled the "hide inactive icons settings" therefore this could not be the problem.

After some research in the internet i found the sollution here:

Tray-Icons missing - how to fix

QuoteThis is caused by a timing defect in the Windows function Shell_NotifyIcon in shell32.dll, which has a timeout fixed at 4 seconds. Combined with an unfavorable Windows API message this causes the problem, which befalls many heavily loaded computers that don't have ultra-fast hard disks. Changing the timeout to one minute and removing the unwanted message solves the problem,

This means the shell32.dll needs to be patched (there is a patch on that side).
Also the other sollution works, you can just log off and log on again and you get all your icons.