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The links on bottom right hand of screen and tool shows blank squares instead of shortcut icons

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Fairly easy, most common problems..

To fix it: You will need to restart the system one by one. After you restart once. Right click the Taskbar and click Properties and click notification area. Where it says systems icons one boxes should be blank. Tick it. and repeat the process. Until all the system icons are back to normal.

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Hi,

This is a fairly common problem with Windows Vista especially after a particular update. The steps/procedures are detailed here or here.

Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards. Thank you for using FixYa.

Posted on Sep 27, 2008

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