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2 Quick Ways to Fix Windows Security Icon Missing From the System Tray on Windows 11/10

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Window Security is the go-to option to scan your computer for viruses and malware. There are various ways to access Windows Security in Windows 11/10, one of which is through the system tray area. However, the Windows Security icon is missing from the system tray for many users.

The situation arises when the SecurityHealthSystray.exe module is not properly configured on your computer. Fortunately, it’s very easy to properly configure this module and solve the problem at hand. Below are two quick ways to fix the Windows Security icon missing from the system tray issue in Windows 11/10.

How to Fix Windows Security Icon Missing From System Tray in Windows 11/10

There are two solutions to try when you face the Windows Security icon missing from the system tray area issue in Windows 11/ 10. One is to add the SecurityHealthSystray.exe module to the Windows Startup folder.

The other method is configuring the module to run automatically on startup by executing a command-line command. Let’s check out both fixes in detail.

1. Add the Module to Windows Startup Folder

Before adding the SecurityHealthSystray.exe module to the Startup folder, you must restore the Windows Security icon. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Press the Windows + R key to launch the Run tool.
  2. Type the following command and click OK.
    C:\Windows\System32\SecurityHealthSystray.exe

    Command in Run tool to restore Windows Security icon

The command will restore the Windows Security icon, and you will see it in the system area. Now, to configure Windows to display the Windows Security icon in the system tray on every boot, follow these instructions:

  1. Open the Windows Explorer by pressing the Windows + E key.
  2. Navigate to the following location:
    C:\Windows\System32
  3. Locate and right-click on the SecurityHealthSystray.exe file. Then, hover the cursor on Send to and choose Desktop (create shortcut).
    Desktop (create shortcut) option in the File Explorer
  4. Go to the desktop, select the SecurityHealthSystray.exe shortcut, and press Ctrl + C key to copy it.
    Windows Security shortcut in Desktop
  5. Open the Run tool, type shell:startup in the search bar, and press Enter.
    Startup folder command in Run tool
  6. In the Startup folder, press the Ctrl + V key to paste the copied SecurityHealthSystray.exe shortcut.
    SecurityHealthSystray shortcut in Startup folder

And that’s about it. The Windows Security icon will appear in the system tray area.

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2. Run Command-Line Command

You can run a command-line command to configure Windows to display the Windows Security icon in the system tray area. Here’s how to do that:

  1. Press the Windows key to open the Start Menu. Then, type Command Prompt in the search bar and choose Run as administrator from the right pane.
    Accessing Command prompt to fix Windows Security Icon Missing From the System Tray issue
  2. In the elevated Command Prompt window, paste the following command and press Enter.
    reg add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run" /v SecurityHealth /d "%windir%\system32\SecurityHealthSystray.exe" /t REG_SZ /f

    Command-line command to fix Windows Security Icon Missing From the System Tray issue

After that, restart your computer. The Windows Security icon will appear in the system tray area whenever you turn on your computer.

How do I add Windows security to my system tray?

It’s very easy to add Windows Security to your system tray. Simply, open the Settings app and navigate to Personalization > Taskbar. In the Taskbar window, expand the ‘Other system tray icons’ option and enable the toggle next to the ‘Windows Security notification icon’.

How do I add a system tray icon?

Windows lets you add frequently used apps to the system tray area. To add the apps, launch the Settings app and go to Personalization > Taskbar. In the Taskbar window, expand the ‘Other system tray icons’ option and enable the toggle next to the app you want to add to the system tray.

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