Cleanup notification area list in Windows Vista

Some programs show their icon in the system tray – called the notification area. Whenever a program shows its icon the icon and program is registered by Windows. Even after that program is deleted or uninstalled, it remains in the notification area list of programs. If you want to cleanup and rebuild this list, then follow these easy instructions :

First of all you should know how to view your current notification area lists. To view your current notification area list, right click on the system tray near where clock is diaplyed (bottom-right for most computers). Select Customize Notification Icons.. from the menu. You would see something like this :

To cleanup and rebuild this notification area list :

  1. Press the keyboard combination Windows logo key + R to bring up the Run dialog. In Run dialog, type regedit.exe and press Enter to start the Windows Registry editor.

  2. In the Registry Editor, navigate to the following key :
    HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareClassesLocal SettingsSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionTrayNotify
  3. You would find the values named IconStreams and PastIconStream in the right side pane. Right click on both of them and select Delete to delete these values.

  4. Restart your computer for the changes to take effect.
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