XP Hide Inactive Icons Greyed / Tray Icons Missing

Following an Upgrade to Service Pack 3 all Tray Icons were missing excluding the System Clock.  When I check the Start Menu Preferences the “Hide Inactive Icons” is greyed out.  I have seen this issue on 2 systems so far and have yet to pin down the cause however the following steps will correct it.

Goto Start, then Run and type “regedit”

Navigate to: 

HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Policies\ Explorer

Delete the Following two entries:

  • Delete the value NoAutoTrayNotify
  • Delete the value NoTrayItemsDisplay

Next perform the same steps on the following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Policies\ Explorer

Log off and back on to apply the changes.

XP SP3 removes Internet Explorer Desktop Icon

After installing Service Pack 3 for Microsoft Windows XP I noticed it seems to be removing the Internet Explorer desktop Icon.  If you go into Display Properties, Display Tab and select Customize Desktop to add it the option is no longer there.

To readd this desktop icon you’ll need to perform a registry edit.  It’s a good idea to backup your registery (using file, export) before editing however there is not much to be concerned about if you stick to the directions.

Goto Start, Run and type “regedit”

Navigate to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer
\HideDesktopIcons\NewStartPanel In the right hand pane

Next double-click {871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30309D} entry and edit it’s value from 1 to 0

After a short while you’ll notice Internet Explorer has reappared on your desktop.

Certificate Services Fails to Start

While troubleshooting an 802.1x wireless client on my network I came across an issue where certificate service on a 2003 active directory server kept crashing with the following error:

Event ID: 7024
Source: Service Control Manager

The Certificate Services service terminated with service-specific error 2148204801 (0x800B0101)

Attempting to start Certificate Services from the Certificate Authority console yeilded:

A required certificate is not whtin its validity period when verifying against the current system clock or the timestamp in the signed file. 0x800b0101 (-2146762495)

Upon further research I discovered that this is caused by an expired CA Authority Certificate.

This Technet article gave the solution.

To renew a root certification authority

1. Log on to the system as a Certification Authority Administrator.
Certification Authority (Computer)/CA name

• If you want to generate a new public and private key pair for the certification authority’s certificate, click Yes. • If you want to reuse the current public and private key pair for the certification authority’s certificate, click No.Note

To open Certification Authority, click Start, click Control Panel, double-click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Certification Authority.

Event ID 1053 DhcpServer Error Prevents DHCP Service from Starting

On a recent server project assisting another technician in town I was asked to configure DHCP on a Windows 2003 Small business Server. The site had a Westell modem handling dhcp and it would not allow proper configuration of dns for active directory. As a result we disabled DHCP on the westell and went forward configuring dhcp on the server. I started by installing DHCP but quickly found the service would not start. After checking the event viewer I was greeted by:

Event ID: 1053 DhcpServer

The DHCP/BINL service on this computer running Windows Server 2003 for Small Business
Server has encountered another server on this network with IP Address,,
belonging to the domain:

After a bit of research I found a fix – It’s a bit of a workaround but since the westell kept insisting on broadcasting that it was a dhcp server even though it was disabled I didn’t have much for options.

It turns out that SBS 2003 has built in rogue DHCP server detection and when it finds another server it prevents the dhcp service from starting. To disable the rouge detection enter the following dword registry key and start your dhcp server service.


Keep in mind that your server will not warn you when another dhcp server is present on your network so keep this in mind and use with caution. In my particular environment this was not an issue or a concern.

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