Media center recording icon (the red button) is missing

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 but did not see anything there on this topic.

Any other suffestions?

TIA Lief
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LeeTutorConnect With a Mentor retiredCommented:
Have you tried the System File Checker?  The System File Checker present in Windows Vista has been modified from the Windows XP version, with some missing switches and some additional possible switches.  You run it from an elevated command prompt by clicking the Start orb, clicking All Programs on the Start Menu, clicking Accessories, and then right clicking Command Prompt and choosing Run as administrator.  Assuming User Account Control is active, you will need to reply to a prompt for the administrator password or for a confirmation.  There are procedures you can use to find whether there is an invalid system file found by the SFC tool and replacing it, as explained in this Microsoft Knowledge Base article:;en-us;929833
Some Windows Vista functions may not work, or Windows Vista may stop responding

The new syntax for SFC can be found by running the command "sfc /?" from an elevated command prompt.  Output will be like this:

Microsoft Windows [Version 6.0.6000]
Copyright (c) 2006 Microsoft Corporation.  All rights reserved.

C:\Windows\system32>sfc /?

Microsoft (R) Windows (R) Resource Checker Version 6.0
Copyright (c) 2006 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

Scans the integrity of all protected system files and replaces incorrect versions with
correct Microsoft versions.

    [/OFFWINDIR=<offline windows directory> /OFFBOOTDIR=<offline boot directory>]

/SCANNOW        Scans integrity of all protected system files and repairs files with
                problems when possible.
/VERIFYONLY     Scans integrity of all protected system files. No repair operation is
/SCANFILE       Scans integrity of the referenced file, repairs file if problems are
                identified. Specify full path <file>
/VERIFYFILE     Verifies the integrity of the file with full path <file>.  No repair
                operation is performed.
/OFFBOOTDIR     For offline repair specify the location of the offline boot directory
/OFFWINDIR      For offline repair specify the location of the offline windows directory


        sfc /SCANNOW
        sfc /VERIFYFILE=c:\windows\system32\kernel32.dll
        sfc /SCANFILE=d:\windows\system32\kernel32.dll /OFFBOOTDIR=d:\ /OFFWINDIR=d:\windows
        sfc /VERIFYONLY

LiefrAuthor Commented:
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 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?

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.
LiefrAuthor Commented:
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.
LiefrAuthor Commented:
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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