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    Removing Programs from the System Tray (XP-SP1)

    I've just installed a new XP workstation here in my office. I would like to remove some of the many programs running in the system tray (audio, instant messenger, alert , launch intel, soundmax, altiris client service). Which ones can I safely remove and how? I would only be removing them from the system tray, correct, not the actual OS? I don't have a good understanding of the system tray. Thanks for any help!

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    Re: Removing Programs from the System Tray (XP-SP1)

    The Programs in your System Tray is what starts on Startup and can slow your bootup process down and use up resourses. No it won't remove them from your system. You can use them at anytime by going to your Start Menu. To remove them go to Start, Run, and type MSCONFIG and push OK. A window will come up, choose the Startup tab and you will see the programs with the check mark beside them are the ones that running and in your system tray. Uncheck the ones you don,t need and reboot, a box will come up after reboot, put a check by, don't show me this message again and there you are. To find out what you can disable, go to Pacs Portal and scroll down to use the alphabit to find your items to see what they are.

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    Re: Removing Programs from the System Tray (XP-SP1)

    Hi Pam--

    This'll take care of it. In XP they call the system tray the notification area--those Redmond mavens always reinventing themselves!

    283084: How to Clear Past Items from the Notification Area

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    Re: Removing Programs from the System Tray (XP-SP1)

    I've found that unchecking items from the msconfig utility's start tab completely depends on the item--a number of programs won't leave the notification area/aka system tray just because you uncheck them--they'll come right back in a minute even before the next reboot and some just won't leave.

    But I sure agree it's worth auditing once a week because things can show up there that take up CPU that you don't want--so it's always good to check there.

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    Re: Removing Programs from the System Tray (XP-SP1)

    Some programs the settings are within the program. If you were right click the icon in the notification area, some will need to be opened and others may have a "Options" selection.Here is were one may need to turn off the "Startup on boot up". To name a couple, Real player, and AOL are a start..

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    Re: Removing Programs from the System Tray (XP-SP1)

    Would probably be eaiser if you just gave us a screenshot of what you have in MSCONFIG Startup. And we could help you with it.

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    Re: Removing Programs from the System Tray (XP-SP1)

    CBD--

    I've never found the simple steps in this KB I linked above [b]not to be able to clear the system tray of any and all past items, additionally you can get rid of their appearance, by just right clicking the notification area>properties>and hitting the customize notifications area:

    283084: How to Clear Past Items from the Notification Area

    This certainly will take care of Real Player and AOL because I just did it.

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    Re: Removing Programs from the System Tray (XP-SP1)

    I must be getting old and confused. I thought he wanted to turn some things off in his system tray, Startup Programs. I didn't know he was trying to remove past items in the Notification area. Heck I knew how to do that, I have that info saved in Notepad. I use it every once in awhile to clear that stuff out. Sorry SMBP

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    Re: Removing Programs from the System Tray (XP-SP1)

    Hey SMBP. Do you know how to create a batch file that would do what is in the link above? I mean that would be cool.

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    Re: Removing Programs from the System Tray (XP-SP1)

    No--only because I haven't tried to make batch files but put it off every time I think about it. I'll do some looking and reading--shouldn't be that hard, because we're not talking about many steps at all--and it's a good idea--since its something a lot of people do over and over. Having several batch files to do routine tasks is something I probably should have done a good while ago. I should be able to figure out how to do this, and probably someone can quickly.

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    Re: Removing Programs from the System Tray (XP-SP1)

    Yeah, I did some reading on batch files awhile back, and even did a few real real simple practice batch files, but then I got busy doing something else and haven't studied are read up on it anymore. And believe me, before I start running Batch Files that I make, I'm gonna be doing a little more reading on the subject. Cause if your not carefull, you can Batch yourself right into a batch of trouble. <img src=/S/blackteeth.gif border=0 alt=blackteeth width=20 height=20> .

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    Re: Removing Programs from the System Tray (XP-SP1)

    Thanks, guys! You've given me good information. I hope to take care of it today.

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    Re: Removing Programs from the System Tray (XP-SP1)

    I write BATch files for a living (or so it seems!!). <img src=/S/clever.gif border=0 alt=clever width=15 height=15>

    If it can be done in the command line, tell me what you need to have done, and for the usual <font color=blue><big>enormous</big></font color=blue> fee I'll have a bash ...
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    Re: Removing Programs from the System Tray (XP-SP1)

    John what cowboy wanted to batch file was the instructions in the KB I linked above

    283084: How to Clear Past Items from the Notification Area

    This was so Pam could remove old items from her sys tray/whoops notification area. And embarassingly, I have made some macros by following a cookbook for Word or Outllook from Slipstick or one of the Office sites but I am always envious when someone whips up one of these type programs--including writing tailored scripts to get all kinds of things done--not confusing scripting, batch files, and macros, but wish I could do those kinds of things day in day out

    Jefferson posted a tool to convert field codes to text yesterday. How useful it would be to be able to do this kind of thing, scripting, batch files, and macros. And at least the last two I need to learn on some pratical level.

    Do references like this help? There's got to be somewhere to start. You can google and get an awful lot of tutorials:

    Info on Batch Files

    The Ancient Art of Dos Batch files

    Rob Vanderwoude's Scripting Pages Batch Files

    When you google for batch files you get site after site that has tutorials. All done in dos? Done in other scripts? Many languages?

    Thanks,

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    Re: Removing Programs from the System Tray (XP-SP1)

    SMBP,
    If your were to read PamC's post, she has NOT referred to any OLD icons, just some that are running and wishes to stop them from running.

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