Tuesday, November 15, 2011


Few days ago, my power, network, and volume icons disappeared from the tray area of Windows 7.  When I chose “Customize notification icons” and then “Turn system icons on or off”, the choices were grayed out like the image to the left.
I tried the Group Policy and registry solutions that I found online, but with no success.
Here’s how I finally fixed it:
  1. Run a Command Prompt as administrator, then “sfc /scannow
  2. Find the sfc log file at C:\Windows\Logs\CBS\CBS.log and search it for “cannot repair”.
I discovered that 6 .dll files from C:\Windows\system32 were messed up.  I found a nice explanation here as to how to extract the files from the Windows 7 installation DVD using 7-Zip, which I already like for other zipping and unzipping tasks.
Unfortunately, you can’t just copy the files into C:\Windows\system32.  Here’s what I had to do to replace the .dll files:
  1. Extract the files from the installation DVD into a local folder, such as c:\extracted-files
  2. Boot the installation DVD, choose to repair Windows, and get to a Command Prompt
  3. Use the command line to copy the .dll files from c:\extracted-files to c:\windows\system32
  4. Reboot
It will solve the problem of System icon.


Zamil said...

Thanks for this solutions.

Same solution will work in Windows XP?

Edmond Korir said...

perfect solution helps much

Edmond Korir said...

great solution

Edmond Korir said...

thanks helps