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I used to have an icon on the Windows Vista taskbar showing the battery amount remaining (laptop). It has mysteriously vanished.

How can I get it back?

I followed the Windows FAQ (see How can I hide the battery icon in the notification area? - hoping to reverse the instructions) but the Power checkbox on the Notification Area tab was greyed out and could not be checked or unchecked (it is currently unchecked).

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It appears the answer submitted by someone else has been deleted. Anyone know why? – Wikis Dec 10 '10 at 7:22
They can delete it themselves if they didn't like the answer, repeated your answer, were incorrect etc. – Joe Taylor Dec 10 '10 at 9:07
@Joe Taylor - thanks Joe. I was wondering if there was a specific reason on this occasion. – Wikis Dec 10 '10 at 13:51
up vote 3 down vote accepted

I found the solution: Fix Network, Clock, Volume and Power (Battery) System Icons Missing with Disabled or Grayed Out Check Box Options.

In my case I had to delete two settings in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\TrayNotify (see the end of the article).

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The link is broken. Can you share a working link or write full answer. (4 years passed after the answer ;) – Jet Apr 27 '14 at 19:38
@Jet - Link update. I can confirm that solution works on Desktops. I just did a search for the article title I had no problem finding it. – Ramhound Apr 27 '14 at 20:29
@Ramhound thanks for update, but couldn't get it working on my Win7 desktop computer. I changed Group Policy, deleted that reg keys, but no effect (even after restarting). – Jet Apr 27 '14 at 21:00

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