In 64-bit Windows 7, I cannot enable the notification area in the taskbar at all. Every time I try to customize the notification and system icon settings, it says "Some settings are managed by your system administrator." and only allows me to show/hide the clock. I even tried going to Group Policy (gpedit.msc) in
User Configuration ->
Start Menu and Taskbar and disabling
Hide the notification area, but it has no effect; the system behaves as if this prevention is enabled. There is no administrative or domain setting that would be causing this, and if I go to "Resultant Set of Policy" (rsop.msc) it even shows the setting I made that
Hide the notification area is disabled. Other 64-bit Windows 7 systems that were installed from a different OS build, on the same network, have no such problem.
Why would Windows 7 prevent me from showing the notification area? How can I enable it?