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Media center recording icon (the red button) is missing

Liefr asked
Last Modified: 2012-08-13
I am using;
Vista Ultimate 32bit
AMD 6000+
2gb ram
large hard drive with plenty of space
MSI 550 theater pro

The Media center recording icon (the red button) does not show in the systray anymore when media center is recording.
This happened suddenly. Media center still records but I have to open it to make sure.
I have been using it for several months with no problems so I wonder if it could be a Microsoft update or something.
I am using 'notification of updates' rather than auto install. I routinely do the defender updates.

Has anyone seen this behaviour (icon not in the systray)? I have looked through Media centers setting but do not see an option to turn that off.

I would appreciate some discussion at least, perhaps a suggestion on where to look for an answer.
I have been to thegreenbutton.org but did not see anything there on this topic.

Any other suffestions?

TIA Lief
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LeeTutor, wow, you deliver. This is an interesting tool.

I ran /verifyonly against everything and there were no errors.
I then ran /verifyfile against ehtray.exe (which I thought would be the culprit) but it was OK as well.

On the greenbutton.org someone suggested a rt-click on the systray and then choose 'Customize Notification Icons' and select the icon to not hide. The icon is not there in this case, which I think is odd because of previous use (much recording and the red button icon always there).

What could make the icon disappear so thoroughly that it doesn't show in the history list? (rhetorical question)

Any other ideas?

Top Expert 2009

Still haven't found any pages referencing your problem.  But I wonder if you have installed this Media Center Cumulative Update for Vista (don't know whether it addresses your problem or not):

June 2007 Cumulative Update for Media Center for Windows Vista

You can find what updates you've installed by:  Start orb -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features -> click on link for View Installed Updates.


LeeTutor, yes, I do have that one installed. I read the page on it and it appears to deal with extenders, which I am not using.


Well, I live in the twilight zone.

The red button is back after being on vacation for a couple of weeks. I did reboot but I have done that several times with no effect.

The only actual change physically was to move to a different port on my KVM because it is slowly dying. I cannot see how that would have an effect. That and the fact there were Norton 360 changes to apply were the reason for the reboot.

I really like it when the reason is known but right now, i'll take it.
Sometimes it is better to be lucky than good.

I appreciate your trying to help LeeTutor, and I will accept your first solution so you get awarded the points. It it disappears again I will post.
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