System Tray broke after Windows Update? Here is the workaround

Zeynel Abidin Öztürk -
13 days ago

After a recent Windows 10 update, some users are encountering strange system tray behavior. This behavior consists of disappearing or overlapping icons in the system tray, as well as a completely blank system area.

The taskbar itself seems not affected by this bug. When I first saw icons disappear, I thought it may be caused by another program I have installed. But it is indeed a Windows problem, as discussed here.

Bring the icons back

The "disappearing system tray icons bug" seems to be caused by the new "News and interests" feature that Microsoft recently added. It appears to be a problem only appears if you have disabled this feature.

Therefore, right-click on the taskbar and select "News and interests", then click "Show icon only" or "Show icon and text".

That should fix it, but you'll have to live with the new icon on the taskbar until Microsoft decides this is a bug and then, it is worth fixing.

Workaround #2: Uninstall the update

Uninstalling Windows Updates is not recommended unless necessary. In this case, you may have enough headache to uninstall buggy updates. According to this article, removing KB5003214 and KB5003254 through Update and Security > View update history > Uninstall Updates should restore your system tray.

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Guest says 4 days ago 6/15/2021 5:00 PM
I downloaded the update and reinstalled it KB5003254 and the system tray is okay now!!!

Guest says 5 days ago 6/14/2021 9:03 PM
Sorry I meant I uninstalled KB5003254 and everything works again!!!

Zeynel says in reply to Guest : 5 days ago 6/14/2021 9:06 PM
Glad it helped, you're welcome!

Guest says 5 days ago 6/14/2021 9:02 PM
Thanks for helping me with the system tray icons disappearing and overlapping one another!!! I installed KB5003254 and everything came back to normal and turned off news feeds and it seems to be okay! I spent hours on this so thanks once more for your help!!! Richard