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August 17, 2012 2:53:44 PM

I have been noticing a strange problem with my Win 7 64bit. It does not happen every day, maybe once a week or so.

When I boot up the system and the desktop loads, I noticed that all (6 ) of my security (AVG, ZA, SpyBot etc.) program icons in the system tray notification area (next to the clock) don't load. (Program tray .exe files are not being loaded on start-up) I get the network, power, volume icons but nothing else. I should see 6 icons for my security and other start up programs I have loaded, but they don't show. I have to reboot the system three or four times before the tray icons will show. I also have to do a defrag to fix the problem as well. The system works fine otherwise. The security programs run fine when they are loaded, so they are not the problem.

Like I said, the problem of "missing system tray icons" only happens once a week or so. YES I DO have tray notification set to ON. (That is the first place I looked) So that is not the problem.

I tried logging off and back on as administrator. Did not work.

Here is a copy of the event log when it last happened:
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Log Name: Application
Source: Desktop Window Manager
Date: 8/16/2012 6:50:11 PM
Event ID: 9003
Task Category: None
Level: Information
Keywords: Classic
User: N/A
Computer: AVA-385177-1
Description:
The Desktop Window Manager was unable to start because a composited theme is not in use
Event Xml:
<Event xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/win/2004/08/events/event">
<System>
<Provider Name="Desktop Window Manager" />
<EventID Qualifiers="16384">9003</EventID>
<Level>4</Level>
<Task>0</Task>
<Keywords>0x80000000000000</Keywords>
<TimeCreated SystemTime="2012-08-11T22:50:11.000000000Z" />
<EventRecordID>11767</EventRecordID>
<Channel>Application</Channel>
<Computer>AVA-385177-1</Computer>
<Security />
</System>
<EventData>
</EventData>
</Event>

Log Name: Application
Source: Microsoft-Windows-Winlogon
Date: 8/16/2012 6:50:10 PM
Event ID: 6000
Task Category: None
Level: Information
Keywords: Classic
User: N/A
Computer: AVA-385177-1
Description:
The winlogon notification subscriber <SessionEnv> was unavailable to handle a notification event.
Event Xml:
<Event xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/win/2004/08/events/event">
<System>
<Provider Name="Microsoft-Windows-Winlogon" Guid="{DBE9B383-7CF3-4331-91CC-A3CB16A3B538}" EventSourceName="Wlclntfy" />
<EventID Qualifiers="32768">6000</EventID>
<Version>0</Version>
<Level>4</Level>
<Task>0</Task>
<Opcode>0</Opcode>
<Keywords>0x80000000000000</Keywords>
<TimeCreated SystemTime="2012-08-11T22:50:10.000000000Z" />
<EventRecordID>11766</EventRecordID>
<Correlation />
<Execution ProcessID="0" ThreadID="0" />
<Channel>Application</Channel>
<Computer>AVA-385177-1</Computer>
<Security />
</System>
<EventData>
<Data>SessionEnv</Data>
<Binary>D9060000</Binary>
</EventData>
</Event>

Log Name: Application
Source: Microsoft-Windows-Winlogon
Date: 8/16/2012 6:50:10 PM
Event ID: 4101
Task Category: None
Level: Information
Keywords: Classic
User: N/A
Computer: AVA-385177-1
Description:
Windows license validated.
Event Xml:
<Event xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/win/2004/08/events/event">
<System>
<Provider Name="Microsoft-Windows-Winlogon" Guid="{DBE9B383-7CF3-4331-91CC-A3CB16A3B538}" EventSourceName="Winlogon" />
<EventID Qualifiers="16384">4101</EventID>
<Version>0</Version>
<Level>4</Level>
<Task>0</Task>
<Opcode>0</Opcode>
<Keywords>0x80000000000000</Keywords>
<TimeCreated SystemTime="2012-08-11T22:50:10.000000000Z" />
<EventRecordID>11765</EventRecordID>
<Correlation />
<Execution ProcessID="0" ThreadID="0" />
<Channel>Application</Channel>
<Computer>AVA-385177-1</Computer>
<Security />
</System>
<EventData>
<Data>0x00000000</Data>
<Data>0x00000001</Data>
</EventData>
</Event>

Log Name: Application
Source: Microsoft-Windows-User Profiles Service
Date: 8/16/2012 6:50:08 PM
Event ID: 1531
Task Category: None
Level: Information
Keywords:
User: SYSTEM
Computer: AVA-385177-1
Description:
The User Profile Service has started successfully.


Event Xml:
<Event xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/win/2004/08/events/event">
<System>
<Provider Name="Microsoft-Windows-User Profiles Service" Guid="{89B1E9F0-5AFF-44A6-9B44-0A07A7CE5845}" />
<EventID>1531</EventID>
<Version>0</Version>
<Level>4</Level>
<Task>0</Task>
<Opcode>0</Opcode>
<Keywords>0x8000000000000000</Keywords>
<TimeCreated SystemTime="2012-08-11T22:50:08.632026400Z" />
<EventRecordID>11764</EventRecordID>
<Correlation />
<Execution ProcessID="1224" ThreadID="1348" />
<Channel>Application</Channel>
<Computer>AVA-385177-1</Computer>
<Security UserID="S-1-5-18" />
</System>
<EventData>
</EventData>
</Event>

Log Name: Application
Source: Microsoft-Windows-EventSystem
Date: 8/16/2012 6:50:08 PM
Event ID: 4625
Task Category: None
Level: Information
Keywords: Classic
User: N/A
Computer: AVA-385177-1
Description:
The EventSystem sub system is suppressing duplicate event log entries for a duration of 86400 seconds. The suppression timeout can be controlled by a REG_DWORD value named SuppressDuplicateDuration under the following registry key: HKLM\Software\Microsoft\EventSystem\EventLog.
Event Xml:
<Event xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/win/2004/08/events/event">
<System>
<Provider Name="Microsoft-Windows-EventSystem" Guid="{899daace-4868-4295-afcd-9eb8fb497561}" EventSourceName="EventSystem" />
<EventID Qualifiers="16384">4625</EventID>
<Version>0</Version>
<Level>4</Level>
<Task>0</Task>
<Opcode>0</Opcode>
<Keywords>0x80000000000000</Keywords>
<TimeCreated SystemTime="2012-08-11T22:50:08.000000000Z" />
<EventRecordID>11763</EventRecordID>
<Correlation />
<Execution ProcessID="0" ThreadID="0" />
<Channel>Application</Channel>
<Computer>AVA-385177-1</Computer>
<Security />
</System>
<EventData>
<Data Name="param1">86400</Data>
<Data Name="param2">SuppressDuplicateDuration</Data>
<Data Name="param3">Software\Microsoft\EventSystem\EventLog</Data>
</EventData>
</Event>
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Has anyone else seen this happen in Win 7? If it is a program fault by Microsoft, is there a solution?

Thanks for your help.
Scott
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August 17, 2012 3:11:55 PM

To see an icon all the time, it needs to be set to "Show icons and notifications".
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August 17, 2012 3:15:42 PM

On of those system tray icons when clicked on should show a small window with any other loaded system tray apps. They get group under this item.
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August 17, 2012 3:16:26 PM

"YES I DO have tray notification set to "Show icons and notifications" That's not the problem

Scott
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April 3, 2013 4:59:12 AM

Yeah, my notification area freaks out from time to time and its realy annoying. Sometimes i click the expand button and it shows up as a huge white space with only 2 icons in there. I usualy just kill the explorer process and then restart it. Sometimes even that wont fix it.
The rebuild icon cache solution fixed the problem for me.
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May 15, 2014 6:34:20 PM

I know this is an old issue, but I also know nobody has solved this problem, and Microsoft doesn't seem to care anymore.

I am happy to announce that I used a program called WinASO Registry Optimizer and it has solved this problem completely!!! I no longer see any task host window nor blank force shutdown screens! It also seems to have sped up both boot and shutdown times!!!

Also, an added plus (the reason for this thread)...and this is another one that MS doesn't seem to have a permanent cure for...all of my notification icons now load every time!!! WOOOOHOOOOO!!! Finally, I found something that just solved all of these problems at once! It ain't free, but it's worth it if you've been banging your head against the wall for ages now, trying to solve these seemingly incurable and annoying bugs.

Now, why the hell couldn't MS solve these f*cking problems? Apparently, X.M.Y. International L.L.P. is far more advanced than MS!
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