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Jugk

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Remove many Notification Bar icons from Taskbar
I would like to remove several icons from the notification bar that I do not need there. There are too many icons in the notification bar. There are 10 icons there at all times, and in the 'Past Items' list another 14 icons.
There seems to be no way of removing them in the task bar options. Please Help.
Thank You. Jugk, Judy :confused:
 

TheShooter93

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Hello Judy,

Those icons show up there because they're being loaded or are running in the background.

You could just manually remove them from the taskbar, but let's take a look at what we're working with.

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Click Start.

In the search bar, type MSCONFIG and hit Enter. Click the "Startup" tab.

Write down only the names in the "Startup Item" column that have a checkmark next to them.

If the "Startup Item" column isn't wide enough to see the entire name of any of them, widen the column.

Submit those names here in a vertical list.

Make sure to spell them EXACTLY as you see them there.
 

Jugk

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Hello Judy,

Those icons show up there because they're being loaded or are running in the background.

You could just manually remove them from the taskbar, but let's take a look at what we're working with.

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Click Start.

In the search bar, type MSCONFIG and hit Enter. Click the "Startup" tab.

Write down only the names in the "Startup Item" column that have a checkmark next to them.

If the "Startup Item" column isn't wide enough to see the entire name of any of them, widen the column.

Submit those names here in a vertical list.

Make sure to spell them EXACTLY as you see them there.
Dear TheShooter93, Cody

Here is the Msconfig Startup list for Stratup Items:

MSCONFIGURE>STARTUP>Startup Items
iptray
oss_reinstall
igfxtray
hkcmd
igfxpers
TrueImageMonitor
TimounterMonitor
schedhlp
HydraDM
dxdllreg
NeroCheck
MMKeybd
Monitor
VM331_STI
qttask
regsvr32 /s mgrt
avastUi
HPWuSchd2
hpcmpmgr
Hpi_Monitor
dumped 0 -k
CLIStart
IntelAudioStudio
SysTray
Tranicon
AdBlocker
[nothig is written here but it is ticked] Command: is also empty, Location : HKCU\etc..\ run
ctfmon
NMBgMonitor
GoogleToolbaNotifier
popup
Skype
Launcher
Abode Reader Speech Launch
HP Digital Imaging Minitor
HP Image Zone FastStart
LCDPlayer
Microsoft Office
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1. There are 2 unchecked boxes
a. IntelAudioStudio [this I uncheked in register, but it put it self back on, and is here too]
b. a blank one [ indicates Software under Location ]
________

2. Always on Notification Bar and want it there :
a. Time Date
b. Volume
c. Avast Program Status
d. Internet Connection Status
e. Skype
f. Safely Remove Hardware
d. Smart Office Keyboard

3. Do not want on Notification Bar, and it is visible with <<
a. LCDPlayer
b. Tweak Popup Blocker
c. HP Camera Detection Software
d. IntelR Desktop Utilities

3. Then there are the 16 Past List icons. Shall list them later.
On this list numerous icons have the wrong icon attached such as:

The Avast icon for "You have new email"

Internet Connection icon for "Acronis True Image 100%"

Intel Audio Studio icon for "Perfect Disk"

CDLPlayer icon for "Documents Pending for Judy"

The rest of the 12 icons are default Folders.

So It is a mess!

So how doI remove these and from where?

Thank you for your help, Jugk , Judy

 

TheShooter93

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Click Start.

In the search bar, type MSCONFIG and hit Enter. Click the "Startup" tab.

Remove checkmarks from the following entries:

iptray

oss_reinstall

igfxtray

hkcmd

igfxpers

TrueImageMonitor

TimounterMonitor

schedhlp

HydraDM

dxdllreg

NeroCheck

Monitor

VM331_STI

qttask

regsvr32 /s mgrt

HPWuSchd2

hpcmpmgr

Hpi_Monitor

dumped 0 -k

CLIStart

IntelAudioStudio

SysTray

Tranicon

[nothig is written here but it is ticked] Command: is also empty, Location : HKCU\etc..\ run

ctfmon

NMBgMonitor

GoogleToolbaNotifier

popup

Launcher

Abode Reader Speech Launch

HP Digital Imaging Minitor

HP Image Zone FastStart

LCDPlayer

Microsoft Office

Click "OK."

Reboot the machine.

Once in Windows, you will receive a prompt alerting you of the changes we made.

Place a checkmark in the box and click "OK."

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Now check your system tray -- are all the icons you wanted removed gone?

If so, are you having any other problems?
 

Jugk

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Click Start.

In the search bar, type MSCONFIG and hit Enter. Click the "Startup" tab.

Remove checkmarks from the following entries:

iptray

oss_reinstall

igfxtray

hkcmd

igfxpers

TrueImageMonitor

TimounterMonitor

schedhlp

HydraDM

dxdllreg

NeroCheck

Monitor

VM331_STI

qttask

regsvr32 /s mgrt

HPWuSchd2

hpcmpmgr

Hpi_Monitor

dumped 0 -k

CLIStart

IntelAudioStudio

SysTray

Tranicon

[nothig is written here but it is ticked] Command: is also empty, Location : HKCU\etc..\ run

ctfmon

NMBgMonitor

GoogleToolbaNotifier

popup

Launcher

Abode Reader Speech Launch

HP Digital Imaging Minitor

HP Image Zone FastStart

LCDPlayer

Microsoft Office

Click "OK."

Reboot the machine.

Once in Windows, you will receive a prompt alerting you of the changes we made.

Place a checkmark in the box and click "OK."

-----------------------------------

Now check your system tray -- are all the icons you wanted removed gone?

If so, are you having any other problems?
Dear Cody, TheShooter93,
Thank you for your instructions. If I un-tick these startup icons in startup would I be able to reinstate them at a later date If I need any of them? Would this change create any problems with the functionality of the programs? Such as the Microsoft Updates and other program updates?
I have exported the registry files for HKLM & HKCU..etc..\Run but 4 programs are not listed there. These are listed under 'Location' as "Common Startup" and I cannot find these in the registry. These are Abode Reader, LCDPlayer, Microsoft Office and 2 HP Programs.
I can identify most of the Startup Item programs but not all of the Windows System ones.
I did take the Launcher [register booster, the Dumped 0 -k, the Blank and the Inte lAudio Studio out [this put it self back as well as the Louncher] and I did not see any other change in the taskbar list. The Free Card Games was still there and I had removed that program months ago. Would appreciate your input. Thank you for helping. Judy Jugk
Ps Sorry I did not respond earlier, I have the flue.
 

TheShooter93

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Hello Judy,

I can't quite understand what you're trying to tell me in your latest post, other than the beginning questions.

Yes, you can simply click these entries at a later date if you want them to launch at startup.

Removing the tick marks in MSCONFIG only tells the computer to not launch the programs at startup -- it does not uninstall them.
 

Jugk

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Dear Cody, TheShooter93,
Thank you for answering my concerns about how permanent this action would be. I also presume you are telling me that it will not effect the programs and Windows System files.

Sorry I was a bit verbose about the rest of the question. I thought that I should back up the registry entries under ...Run, and I did that. But I could not find the ones that were Located: in 'Common Startup' and was hoping you may know where I should look for them in the registry.
Thanks again, Judy Jugk
 

TheShooter93

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You don't have to worry about backing up anything, as these changes are able to be undone with just a click.

Once you've completed the instructions, please let me know the status of your computer.
 

TerryNet

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There are too many icons in the notification bar.
Microsoft agrees, and considerably cleaned up the Notification Area in Windows 7 (and I think in Vista). :)

You do have "Hide inactive icons" set, right? And "Always hide" for any that you never want to see?
 

TheShooter93

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TerryNet said:
Microsoft agrees, and considerably cleaned up the Notification Area in Windows 7 (and I think in Vista).
They did in Vista, but did a much better job in Windows 7. (y)
 

Jugk

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You don't have to worry about backing up anything, as these changes are able to be undone with just a click.

Once you've completed the instructions, please let me know the status of your computer.
Dear Cody, When I un-ticked a few of the Startup icons, the information in the registry also disappeared, that is why I backed-up the registry so if I wanted any of them back later, I could copy it back in to it from the text version of the 'export' from registry. The Taskbar Repair Tool Stanley suggested, had exactly the same instructions for removal as you gave me IE: un-tick in MSconfig Startup items. To remove the past items, it was all or nothing.
In the Past Items' which are not constantly on the Notification Bar, I will need, Second Copy[my backup prog], Akron's True image, I Home Web Cam, Fortunately these I can identify and remove or not. However I cannot identify the Windows system items, so I do not know what each one refers to and if it's needed for windows to work properly. I still need the automatic updates from Msoft for one. So I am reluctant to take them out. I have a list of the 'Run' Registry files. I could send you. I am sure you would know what they are from that. Would you have time to look at it and write in a very brief description of their function? I have marked the items in red. I suppose, I could remove them one by one and see what is missing or not working properly.
Thank you for your help. Judy, Jugk
 

Jugk

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You can go here http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/taskbarplus!.htm to get Taskbar Repair Tool that will get rid of old notification icons or even easier just click on "Remove Past Items" under Notification Area, download a .vbs file and double-click on the file.
Dear Stanley,
Thank you for your reply. I did download and looked at the Toolbar Repair Tool. For the Past Item list, it has only an option to remove or put back all or nothing. I do need to keep some of the 18 there, such as the Microsoft Updates, Second Copy [my backup program], Acronis True image, I Home Web Cam.
I also looked at the PStrayF.exe That program continiously monitors the tray. I want to fix it and be done with it. Most of the functions on it's list I do not need so I don't want to buy it yearly.
Thank you for helping. Judy, Jugk
 

Jugk

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Microsoft agrees, and considerably cleaned up the Notification Area in Windows 7 (and I think in Vista). :)

You do have "Hide inactive icons" set, right? And "Always hide" for any that you never want to see?
Dear TerryNet,
Thank you for your reply. Yes I have put 'Always Hide' and then check Lock the taskbar, Apply and OK. next to all I do not want to see on the Notification Bar. It is completely ignoring my settings.
In 'Past Items' I also put 'Always Hide' next to many of the now 18 [was 14, 2 weeks ago]. Four of them have the wrong icon next to the description. EI: Avast icon for 'you have new email', Internet Connection icon for 'Acronis True Image', Intel Audio Studio icon for 'Perfect Disk', CDLPlayer icon for 'Documents Pending'. So it is a mess. Thank you for caring.
Judy, Jugk
 
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I did download and looked at the Toolbar Repair Tool. For the Past Item list, it has only an option to remove or put back all or nothing. I do need to keep some of the 18 there, such as the Microsoft Updates, Second Copy [my backup program], Acronis True image, I Home Web Cam.
Yes, Taskbar Repair Tool will delete all past items, but when you run the programs you mentioned a new icon for that program will show up in the Notification Area. You won't lose anything permanently.
 
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