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    Default Windows 10 System tray/clock playing up

    Starting yesterday morning, my system tray and clock either disappears completely, or shifts/overlaps. If I restart, or logout/login it all reappears again for a time, then it does it all over again.

    The only new software I have installed is VMWare Horizon (which I need for a contract I'm working on), but that was installed 3 or 4 weeks ago. I noticed it happen when I started VM Horizon (which launches full-screen) and then minimized it. That said, it has also happened when I haven't used VM Horizon at all, and run other programs (none of them full-screen)

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    This is what it currently looks like. The battery level and charging icon are in the correct place, the rest have shifted to the right. The right-edge of the screenshot is the edge of my screen. At other times there it is completely blank from the charge icon to the right edge.

    This is running Windows 10 Pro v 21H1, build 19043.1023 (Windows Insider) on Lenovo P50 laptop.

    And now it looks like this
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    I have restarted the laptop to show how it normally looks
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    and now a few minutes later it looks like this!
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    I noticed there was an Nvidia driver update a couple days ago (through automatic Windows Update), so I suspect it's related to this, but how do I fix it? I have downloaded a fresh new driver from the NVidia site and installed that, but no change

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    Default Re: Windows 10 System tray/clock playing up

    When they start playing up, check the DPI scaling.

    Have seen similar when running a Program ( like VM's) that have a different scaling.

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    Default Re: Windows 10 System tray/clock playing up

    Quote Originally Posted by wainuitech View Post
    When they start playing up, check the DPI scaling.

    Have seen similar when running a Program ( like VM's) that have a different scaling.
    I'll have a look for DPI scaling, but I don't think that's the problem.

    I think VM Horizon was a distraction - it's playing up whether I start/use VM Horizon at all. Happens even if I all I've got open is a browser.

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    Default Re: Windows 10 System tray/clock playing up

    Just re the Nvida Driver-- to replace the Original you have to COMPLETELY remove the installed one other wise a problem may still exist.

    Use DDU https://www.guru3d.com/files-details...-download.html The standard inbuilt uninstallers dont remove everything.

    The Download links are near the bottom of the page

    If the Full package doesn't work you can always remove that and Windows will put back the original Graphics again.
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    Default Re: Windows 10 System tray/clock playing up

    I used "DDU" to remove my driver (in safe mode with networking off as it recommended), then rebooted into normal mode and installed the latest Nvidia driver. The tray area bugged out while it was installing ����*♂️

    Do you think I should completely remove again using DDU and just try the default Windows drivers?

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    Default Re: Windows 10 System tray/clock playing up

    I've just tried that, used DDU again and not reinstalled Nvidia driver. Now I just have the laptop screen and my two external screens aren't going, so I guess I need to update a driver to get those going... I wonder if I can find older Nvidia drivers?

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    Default Re: Windows 10 System tray/clock playing up

    And the tray bugged out before I even started the install of the old driver, so still using the Win 10 default driver. And it's bugged out on the laptop screen which doesn't even use the Nvidia driver I think...

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    Default Re: Windows 10 System tray/clock playing up

    Try running system file checker ( may or may not make any differance) Open A CMD as admin, type in sfc /scannow press enter -- Let it run. Sounds more like a different problem someplace.

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    Default Re: Windows 10 System tray/clock playing up

    So I think I've solved it. Was doing process of elimination and the first thing I tried was the battery level and charging icon that always still displayed even when the tray bugged out. I turned those off 3 days ago and my tray hasn't bugged out since. Really weird as they've been there since I got my laptop 4 years ago. Maybe they updated and screwed up, or maybe a recent Windows update changed something that those icons now affect. Anyway, it seems to be solved (until I need those battery levels displayed again!)

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