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Is there a way to move "past items" notification icons in the notification area to "current items"?

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I have Windows Messenger and MSN Messenger and they are set to launch on Windows XP start-up.  However, I can't get the notification icons to appear even when I customize them on the Taskbar Properties to "always appear".

Instead they keep appearing as folders in the "past items" section of the "Customize Notifications" window.

Is there a way to move items (eg. Registry?) from "past items" to "current items" as icons for the notification area.  And how do I get my Windows Messenger icon to always appear?

Many thanks
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by:sunray_2003
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What happens when you do this ?

Right-click on Start button
go to Properties
go to Taskbar
and
uncheck " hide inactive icons"

restart and now check if both messenger icons come at the system tray
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Many thanks for you kind advice sunray.  I have been working on this and:

1) When I uncheck "hide inactive incons" and restart, the messenger icons do NOT come on at the system tray.  I know that Windows Messenger definitely is up and running, because the icon appears on the Internet Explorer 6 taskbar and when I click it, it immediately shows the Windows Messeger signed into my NET.Passport account and online.  

When I do that, the messenger icon then appears in the system tray and stays there, whether logged in/logged out, or whether connected to the internet or not.

2) I followed the link you kindly provided, and I have tried disabling the "Universal Plug and Play Device Host" and the "SSDP Discovery Service", and also tried configuring it to "automatic" just in case that works, but it didn't.

3) I also tried the advice on the link to disable automatic logon but that didn't work either.


Am rather foxed by this, and would greatly appreciate help on this conundrum.  With many thanks
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May be uninstalling and reinstalling msn messenger and windows messenger can solve this issue

do you have issues only with these 2 applications in the system tray

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by:SheharyaarSaahil
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Hello jedimasterly =)

when u open MSN Messenger>Tools>Options>General
are the First two choices Selected here ??

and when u open Windows Messenger>Tools>Options>Preferences
are the First two choices Selected here ??
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by:jedimasterly
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Hi Sunray -
Yes it is just these two applications that are problematic for system tray icons.  I will try uninstalling and reinstalling them and see if there is a resolution, and I'll get back to you asap

Hey Sheharyaar -
Thanks for your comment.  Yes, the choices on General/Preferences tab were duly checked for both MSN Messenger and Windows Messenger.   I've tried various combinations of others to see if that made any difference, but so far none.

Many thanks for your brainpower guys, and will let you know how the reintallations works out
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Hi guys

I tried a variety of things and finally unintalled both Windows Messenger and MSN Messenger.

On reintstalling just the Windows Messenger the notification icon now appears in the system tray.  Yipee!!

However, when I reintalled MSN Messenger BOTH notification icons disappeared again...

What's going on and what should I do?
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by:SheharyaarSaahil
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hmmmmmm try this...... Disable Windows Messenger from starting when u start ur system,,, means uncheck the Two options !!!

and leave MSN Messenger enabled to run at startup,,,,, now restart and check if u can MSN Messenger icon on system tray or not.... post back results ??

and BTW what is the version of MSN Messenger u are using ??
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jedimasterly,
> However, when I reintalled MSN Messenger BOTH notification icons
> disappeared again...

One question before trying to solve this issue ,
Do you really need both these messengers .. Are you going to use both ?

There are lot of issues with windows messenger and hence if you plan to chat using a messenger program, go for MSN messenger ( the latest version being 6.2).

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by:jedimasterly
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Thanks guys for your kind advice and help

I followed the instructions to uncheck the boxes to disable Windows Messenger from starting up with Windows, and left MSN Messenger enabled to run...the end result is that:

1 Windows Messenger insists on starting up anyway but doesn't show the notification icon in the system tray anymore
2 MSN Messenger shows the notification icon in the system tray

Well, stuff all this...I think the point about having both messenger programs is fair enough...if it's possible to really uninstall the Windows Messenger program completely - it's a sneaky bugger and keeps chugging into action without being asked!

Anyhow, many thanks for your help
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Use this method to remove windows messenger completely

Start --> run ---> RunDll32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection %windir%\INF\msmsgs.inf,BLC.Remove

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by:SheharyaarSaahil
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so now the problem has COME OUT...... this is the only problem with windows messenger and its creating the confliction with MSN Messenger also.... just uninstall it as sunray said,,,, and live happily with MSN Messenger ever after ;-)

!! Good Luck !!
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