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Remove past or current items that have been run in your systray
By  Super Admin  | Published  02/26/2005 | Miscellaneous Page 1 | Rating:
Remove past or current items that have been run in your systray

You can see which previous items that have been run or are currently running on your system tray by clicking on Start >> Settings >> Taskbar and Start Menu, tick the box that says "Hide inactive icons" then click "customize". There you will see a list of Current and Past items. If you would like to remove the past items then follow these steps:

1. Start Regedit. If you are unfamiliar with regedit please refer to the FAQ on how to get started.

2. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\TrayNotify

3. Delete the keys PastIconsStream and IconStreams

4. Exit regedit and restart Explorer.

5. To end explorer right clicking anywhere on the systemtray and choosing "Task Manager". Click on the "Processes" tab and find Explorer.exe. Click the End Process button. Your whole systemtray should dissappear.

6. To restart Exporer, while still in Task Manager, go to the "applications" tab and choose the "New Task..." button. Simply type Explorer.exe and click OK.

 

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  • Comment #1 (Posted by Terry Woods)
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    unable to remove past icons on task/start up although followed instructions exactly several times but pasticonstreams always re installed on restart
     
  • Comment #2 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    didn't work on xp sp1
     
  • Comment #3 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    it is not up to date for win XP There is no "Start >> Settings >> Taskbar and Start Menu" chain for win xp pro.
     
  • Comment #4 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Worked perfectly fine for on XP Pro SP2. But note that the resart of explorer.exe is necessary!
     
  • Comment #5 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Had tried just removing the IconStreams and PastIcon stream several times with no luck.. Your instruction to shut down Explorer did the trick. Thank you!!
     
  • Comment #6 (Posted by John)
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    Followed the instructions exactly as described. Worked perfectly on XP pro
     
  • Comment #7 (Posted by Desrick)
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    it worked fine for me. but like the other guy said * you must end explorer and restart it again.
     
  • Comment #8 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    This Article is very usefull for me & cause of this article my greate problem is solved
     
  • Comment #9 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Infromation just the way we want it. Correct, well written and understandable. Worked in dutch xp sp2.
     
  • Comment #10 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Just follwed stepwise and it worked as needed.
     
  • Comment #11 (Posted by vince)
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    I have not trie it yet, but before leaving this site, my comment or request [send to my e-mail if you have a solution] is that I would like to remove all current items from my task bar also. I see no need for all of the display items. Better yet can I remove some items from my current taskbar or have some control over what gets deposited there.
     
  • Comment #12 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Your stupid web site starts the MS Office installer on my machine and I have to cancel the installer because I don't want to dig out the install CD from my closet. The popups in the text (mouse over: applications, memory, software) are very annoying. This web site is operated by the devil. I hate your evil web site and I will avoid it as much as I can. I doubt the article is written to actually solve a problem and I will not even try it.
     
  • Comment #13 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Worked fine. at first I didn't pay attention removing BOTH streams then I reread and redid. That was in a Brazilian Portuguese Win XP SP2. THANK YOU!
     
  • Comment #14 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Worked on XP Home SP1 woo hoo! Glad to have found someone who knew what they were talking about... Soooo many charlatians so little time.
     
  • Comment #15 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Worked perfectly!
     
  • Comment #16 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I didn't have a clue how to clean my notification tray. You made it easy. Thanx!
     
  • Comment #17 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I deleted the PastIconsStream and IconStreams keys, ended explorer.exe, but when I restarted Explorer, all the icons that were in my systray are still there.
     
  • Comment #18 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    EXCELLENT STUFF..WAS REALLY USEFUL TO CLEANUP MY SYSTRAY!! GREAT!!
     
  • Comment #19 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I understood the step>> 1,2,3, steps 4,5,6 <>start >>run ,type Regedit..< 
  • Comment #20 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Not working at all.
     
  • Comment #21 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    i hated those icons and im sure they were taking up memory and space in my harddrive thanks very usefull tip.
     
  • Comment #22 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Worked For XP SP3.
     
  • Comment #23 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thank you very very much for a long time i tried to clear it but i can't now i can
     
  • Comment #24 (Posted by Tauqeer)
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    I did like this but all pc service had bacome off. so i did format my pc again.I want to remove the past item from the task bar.
     
  • Comment #25 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    didn't work
     
  • Comment #26 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Followed to the letter. No Problems. A restart of computer is required.
     
  • Comment #27 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Clear, specific instructions with desired result.
     
  • Comment #28 (Posted by Geek In Training)
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    Sweet, Thanks. Worked 1st try on XP Pro
     
  • Comment #29 (Posted by Santosh Patil .K)
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    It works supreb, i deseperately needed to clear the past items from system... it worked. Make sure you delete both current and past icon streams, and end the process tree. thanks a lot
     
  • Comment #30 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    NICE IT'S WORKING THX A LOT
     
  • Comment #31 (Posted by J)
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    Press ctrl + alt + del to get the task manager up again. Work perfectly well for me, im using winxppro sp2
     
  • Comment #32 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    it works perfectly
     
  • Comment #33 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    work fine first step 1. start 2.RUN 3.type: regedit second step on regedit program. find: HKEY_CURRENT_USER from there find software and microsoft and windows and currentversion and explorer and finaly traynotify third step you will find 4 icon in your right side of regedit after you did second step delete the icon called PastIconsStream and IconStreams fourth step windows desktop bottom right hand you will see clock and other icon click righ click and task manager click on process find explorer.exe click on explorer and click end process it will give you option yes or no click on yes and restart you windows using task manager or manually using task manager find shut down on top and restart you will be succusfull! c
     
  • Comment #34 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    hate past items and this way I can get rid off them
     
  • Comment #35 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    These steps work awesome, many many thanks... make sure you delete both current and past icon streams and end the process tree of explorer.exe
     
  • Comment #36 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    did not work
     
  • Comment #37 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Worked perfectly xp/home sp3
     
  • Comment #38 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    You must delete both streams for this to work so when you follow the instructions it will only delete the past items even though you delete both streams this is the only bit that is a little unclear
     
  • Comment #39 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    it is the only solution that works 100%
     
  • Comment #40 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Worked Perfectly!!! To those who are having troubles, it is because this tutorial will not achieve what you are tying to do. This will only clear PAST items from a corrupt or cluttered tray. Any currently running programs WILL REAPPEAR after restart as they re-integrate themselves into the registry. To remove any of these icons you have to CHANGE EACH PROGRAMS' INDIVIDUAL SETTINGS for startup and tray notification, or use msconfig. Thank you!!!
     
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