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I am interested in being able to remove tray icons that once were installed but the program is removed. In Vista there is a way to remove them. How about in WIN2000?

I am interested in being able to remove tray icons that once were installed but the programs have been removed. In Vista there is a way to remove them. How about in WIN2000?
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
If you are talking about the QuickLaunch tray, just drag them off and delete them from the desktop. If you are talking about the System Tray, it seems to me the programs are still installed if the system tray icon is there. So if that be the case, the uninstall was a bad one.

In my experience, this all works the same way in Windows 2000, XP and Vista.
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theras2000Commented:
I would agree completely.  Here's some tips on removing things in the System Tray:
Go to Start, Run, regedit.  Go to HKLM, Software, Microsoft, Windows, Current Version, Run.
This is the most likely place where programs will be getting started and appearing in your System Tray.
Otherwise, use msconfig to check other places.  Msconfig comes with XP but you'll need to download it for 2k from somewhere like http://www.perfectdrivers.com/howto/msconfig.html  Try turning things off, saving and rebooting.
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MakebelieveAuthor Commented:
Please this tip for Windows Vista. This is what I am searching for for WIN2000. Thx.
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theras2000Commented:
Now are you worried about hidden items or the history of hidden items?  Hidden icons (in the System Tray) wsn't invented back then.  It only came in with XP.  So you don't need to worry.  You won't have any hidden icons.
Here's a previous similar EE post, BTW, that has similar suggestions as ours http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Windows/2000/Q_20680509.html

The link you gave is about the history of hidden items.  This just allows you to specify which programs will be hidden IF they ever show up again.  But this doesn't mean they are currently installed or running.  So your link has nothing to do with whether programs are actually installed or not.
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Hi Makebelieve,
Can you please clarify what you mean and what you want.

In Windows 2000, XP, and Vista, if you have uninstalled (removed) a program, then the system tray icon for that program will vanish. If the icon is still there, the program was not uninstalled at all, or not uninstalled properly.  Is this what you are talking about?

If you want a program to be installed and running, but you do not want the system tray icon to show, that is application dependant. Some applications allow you to not show the tray icon, while other applications force you to have the system tray icon and there is not much you can do about that. Some applications allow you to remove the icon and then not get it back. There is no standard and no sure thing. This is true for the operating systems your mention. Is this what you are talking about?

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