Are your system icons greyed out in Windows 7? If your system icons are greyed out and you need them badly, then you should read this tutorial to find out how to enable the system icons again!
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First Steps! Prerequisites
Before your follow this tutorial:
1. Restart. Sometimes a restart will solve this problem.
2. Open an elevated command prompt. Enter “sfc.exe /scannow” (without quotes) and hit enter.
3. Wait until the scan has finished, then reboot.
We are doing this system scan because sometimes, viruses can change your explorer.exe and then you will lose your system icons in Windows 7. Also, if you followed our tutorial and replaced the explorer.exe, you might accidentally disable all system icons.
Enable System Icons via Local Group Policy Editor
Important: If you are Windows 7 Home or Windows 7 Home Basic, click here now.
Ok, so all of the system icons are greyed out, what can we do about it? We can edit the local group policies to enable the system icons again, so that they will all appear in your system tray again.
1. Click on “Start”
2. Enter “gpedit.msc” into the search field and click on “gpedit.msc” at the bottom when it appears.
3. In the left pane, uncollapse the folders “Administrative Templates” and then “Start Menu and Taskbar”:
4. Scroll down in the right pane until you find the entries:
- Remove the Action Center icon
- Remove the networking icon
- Remove the battery meter
- Remove the volume control icon
5. Double-click on “Remove the Action Center icon”
6. On the following window, check the option “Disabled”:
7. Click on Apply and then on “OK”.
8. Repeat the same for the other entries “Remove the networking icon”, “Remove the battery meter”, “Remove the volume control icon”.
When you log in all the system icons should appear in your system tray and they will no longer be greyed out.
Remember this will only work on Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate. The Local Group Policy Editor isn’t available on Windows 7 Home nor Windows 7 Home Premium. That’s why you will need some registry keys.
Enable System Icons via Registry
Copy the following text into a notepad:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
Save it with the extension .reg (simply enter “enablesystemicons.reg” as your filename).
Double-click on it and confirm the UAC prompt.
Instead you can also download the registry keys, double-click on the file and you are done:
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