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Windows Task Scheduler
Systray icon is gone and I want it back

 11:44 pm on Aug 8, 2004 (gmt 0)

Hi all. When I first setup one of my development servers I wasn't using Windows 2000 Task Scheduler so I right-clicked on the systray icon for Task Scheduler and turned the icon off. Now I am using Task Scheduler but cannot find a way to make the icon show up again. My guess is I need to add a line to the registry but frankly I have no idea where to start. This is not an urgent issue. It just makes me feel better to see that icon and know the service is at least running. Can anyone help me out please?



 12:51 am on Aug 9, 2004 (gmt 0)

Hm. Can't you just go to System Tools and get it back?


 1:17 am on Aug 9, 2004 (gmt 0)

If you meant selecting Scheduled Tasks from the System Tools menu I've already tried that. I thought for sure there would be a simple toggle for it there under Tools or Advanced. But there's not. I've tried a web search without success. It's got to be a registry value that, when present shows the icon and when deleted makes the icon go away. I wish MS documented this somewhere but even limiting my searches to their websites turned up nothing relevant. Thanks anyway.


 9:42 pm on Aug 11, 2004 (gmt 0)

My first thought would be to just create a shortcut to the Scheduled Tasks folder. But if that isn't going to work, I found this hack. I realize Windows ME is different, but I found this for Windows ME...

Enable Scheduled Tasks Icon in System Tray

By default, Windows Me does not show an icon for Scheduled Tasks in the System Tray. To enable this:

1. Start the Registry Editor
2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ Software \ Microsoft \ Plus! \ System Agent
3. Right-click an open area in the right pane and select New > DWORD Value
4. Name it EnableTrayIcon
5. Double-click this entry and give it a value 1
6. Exit RegEdit and restart Windows

Of course, the standard registry editing disclaimer holds here...make a backup copy, nothing is guaranteed, if you blow things up, don't call me, yada, yada, yada...


 4:31 am on Aug 12, 2004 (gmt 0)

The key was there and I added the value as you suggested but it didn't work. Apparently it's a little different in Win2000 than it was in WinME. I still appreciate your attempt to help me. Thanks.


My first thought would be to just create a shortcut to the Scheduled Tasks folder.

How this would let me know the mstask.exe service is running? It wouldn't be in the system tray either.

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