Hardware Icon on Task Bar Missing


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Hi. I just noticed that the USB or Hardware icon on the lower right corner task bar is missing everytime connect my USB external Hard disk. How can I activate this again so that I can disable it from the system before I manually disconnect it? Thanks.


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If the "Safely Remove Hardware" icon disappears from the notification area try:

RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL hotplug.dll


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percy this article may apply to you.


Icons in the Notification Area May Disappear If You Use High-Contrast Color Themes in Windows XP

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function loadTOCNode(){}Article ID:321213Last Review:April 25, 2002Revision:1.0
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loadTOCNode(1, 'symptoms');If you are using the Windows Classic theme in Windows XP, the icons in the notification area on the right side of the taskbar may disappear when you select a High Contrast scheme in the Color Schemes box on the Appearance tab.
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loadTOCNode(1, 'resolution');To work around this problem, right-click a blank area of the taskbar, and then click Lock the Taskbar. Or, change the size of the taskbar, and then restore it.
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loadTOCNode(1, 'status');Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.
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loadTOCNode(1, 'moreinformation');For additional information about configuring desktop themes in Windows XP, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base: 307855 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307855/EN-US/) HOW TO: Configure Desktop Themes in Windows XP
For additional information about moving or resizing the taskbar in Windows XP, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base: 279774 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/279774/EN-US/) Cannot Move or Resize the Taskbar or Any Toolbars on the Taskbar
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HHMMMMmmmmm... intriguing.... this thread could potentially be useful in an unexpected way.

I have read a number of threads and posts around where folks wish to REMOVE this exact icon in the exact situation you describe! Have you any idea how you achieved this "lost icon"? And post back if you got it back I guess too...

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