Troubleshooting system tray tool: Common Causes and Fixes

Troubleshooting system tray tool is a software utility developed by Microsoft for troubleshooting Windows applications, processes, and services.
This tool allows you to troubleshoot common issues by helping you identify and fix issues.
However, many Windows users have reported not being able to run Troubleshooting system tray tools.

  • The System Tray tool runs automatically on Windows computers, and it’s used to manage how certain programs run.
  • This built-in software offers a quick way to see when certain programs are ready for launch.
  • Issues with the tool usually happen when you right-click the icon, or when you try to open it.

Close the related application

  1. If the application you are using is not responding and this causes the system tray tool to crash, close this application and try opening the System Tray tool again.
  2. Uninstall the application
    If the system tray tool is crashing due to an application, uninstalling this application may fix the crashing issue.
  3. Delete the System Tray tool settings
    Go to Start > type Control Panel > select Control Panel from the search results.
  4. Click Uninstall a program.
    Click Uninstall a program.
  5. Click System Tray Tools.
  6. Select Uninstall.
  7. Reboot your computer.
    Reboot your computer.
  8. Reinstall the System Tray tool
  9. If the System Tray tool is crashing, such as when you try to open it, uninstalling the system tray tool and re-downloading and installing it may fix the crashing issue.

Check if your antivirus is blocking the tool

  1. Check if another antivirus is installed on your PC, and if so, try disabling it.
  2. Open the antivirus’s settings (click on its shield icon).
    Open the antivirus's settings (click on its shield icon).
  3. Select the Additional tools option.
  4. Scroll down to System tray and click to open.
  5. Select Prevent access to the system tray option.

Check for updates

  1. Check for any updates for the packages that are known to cause the issue.
    Check for any updates for the packages that are known to cause the issue.
  2. Here, check for updates and download them, if any.
  3. Disable third party software
    Disable any third party software that interferes with shell extensions.
  4. Some third party software may also interfere with the system tray, and that’s why disabling the software temporarily might help.

Use Powershell

  1. Right click Start and select Run.
    Right click Start and select Run.
  2. Click Yes when the UAC prompt appears.
  3. Enter the following commands and press Enter after each.
    Add-Type -AssemblyName System.Windows.Forms -Namespace System.Windows.Forms.dll
    Add-Type -AssemblyName System.Drawing.dll
    Add-Type -AssemblyName System.Drawing.Printing.dll
    Add-Type -AssemblyName System.Drawing.Printing.Generic.dll
  4. Restart your computer.
  5. Update Windows
  6. Run Windows Update
  7. Reset Windows Updates
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