Forgive me if this has already been asked a thousand times before, but I just noticed this:
Microsoft won't leave my [censored] computer alone!
(OK, yes, that's the overall issue, but I'm just venting here. ;) )
Microsoft's newest addition - "News and Interests" - which was added to my system despite the fact that I may not want this kind of stuff - apparently by a recent update.
So, not being interested in that cluttering up my "notification area" (system tray), I disabled it.
As soon as I do that, NOTHING in the system tray works anymore. All gone. Blank. Nothing.
No solution I tried will allow me to have my normal system tray icons without the "News and Interests". The only way to get my system tray icons back is to re-enable it and mitigate the damage by turning off ALL interests and setting it to just display a weather icon.
What's interesting is that the usual fixes for a blank notification area suggest disabling the "News and Interests". In my case, disabling "News and Interests" essentially disabled the entire notification area. Sheesh!
Is it possible to disable the new "News and Interests" feature without resulting in a blank notification area?
This is being posted on 2021-06-10, from a Windows 10 Pro 64-bit Version: 19042.1052, current as of this instant date on a HP ProBook 450 G6.