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SkyDrive system tray icon in Windows 8.1


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Never saw this in Windows 8.1 before until I just restarted to install today's updates. Is it new?

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you probably accidentally installed the skydrive desktop app.

 

edit: nm spoke too soon. i see it too.

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Probably adding access to previous Modern only apps to the desktop.

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It is new, with the "SkyDrive" update that was released today.

 

It is an icon that cannot be disabled, as it is not listed in the "Customize Notifications -> Turn system icons on or off" settings. It'll show you if your files are up-to-date (2 white clouds), if it's syncing (blue syncing icon), or if there was a problem (yellow alert icon). Double-clicking it opens SkyDrive in File Explorer on the Desktop. You can also resolve sync errors by right-clicking it.

 

That's all I know so far. It's useful, but in my opinion, should be able to be turned off via the setting I mentioned above. Just like the Start Button, it was "forced off" (we didn't have the SkyDrive tray icon in Windows 8/8.1), and now it's "forced on" (we have no way to get rid of the SkyDrive tray icon). I would have preferred the choice, but I do think it's better to have the icon then to not have it.

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It is new, with the "SkyDrive" update that was released today.

 

It is an icon that cannot be disabled, as it is not listed in the "Customize Notifications -> Turn system icons on or off" settings. It'll show you if your files are up-to-date (2 white clouds), if it's syncing (blue syncing icon), or if there was a problem (yellow alert icon). Double-clicking it opens SkyDrive in File Explorer on the Desktop. You can also resolve sync errors by right-clicking it.

 

That's all I know so far. It's useful, but in my opinion, should be able to be turned off via the setting I mentioned above. Just like the Start Button, it was "forced off" (we didn't have the SkyDrive tray icon in Windows 8/8.1), and now it's "forced on" (we have no way to get rid of the SkyDrive tray icon). I would have preferred the choice, but I do think it's better to have the icon then to not have it.

 

It's not turning it off, but you can drag it to the hidden icons section on the taskbar, and it will stay there and not show in the status tray.

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Uninstalling KB 2923768 removes it. It sure would be nice to know what is in the recommended updates without having to be thrown into a browser.

 

 

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2923768

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Uninstalling KB 2923768 removes it. It sure would be nice to know what is in the recommended updates without having to be thrown into a browser.

 

 

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2923768

 

"improves the Skydrive experience" is so freakin' vague. Really Microsoft?

I had to submit feedback to that article, to say so, too. The update's description is lame.

 

Good thing the update itself is pretty slick.

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I'm updating my Surface now. Let's see what happens

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Wait, so does this put the tray and explorer icons back in place (from prior to 8.1)?

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For some reason I'm not seeing the tray icon after getting the update. And I would actually like to have it, too. Kind of annoying, eh.

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For some reason I'm not seeing the tray icon after getting the update. And I would actually like to have it, too. Kind of annoying, eh.

 

it's in the hidden part by default. make sure you did install that update linked above.

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Interesting that they backported this behavior.  The tray icon is one of the things added in builds of Update 1.

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it's in the hidden part by default. make sure you did install that update linked above.

 

Nope, ain't there. I got it to show up by opening the SkyDrive app though. It doesn't show up until I open it after rebooting for some reason. Could it be caused by Startisback?

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Nope, ain't there. I got it to show up by opening the SkyDrive app though. It doesn't show up until I open it after rebooting for some reason. Could it be caused by Startisback?

 

I think he means the update is not ticked by default (you have to manually select it). It`s there for me, seems to be ran from the Dcom Service (SkyDrive.exe) so has to be maually killed if you wish to.

If you have installed it and rebooted maybe it is StartIsback causing it, allthough i wouldn`t of thought so. Do yo have the SkyDrive Sync Engine Host running under processes and does it say SkyDrive.exe (dated 9th Jan 2014) when Properties is selected from right click?

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just updated and my skydrive icon is showing, its a nice improvement.

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It hid fine for me with it set for "Show only notifications".

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For some reason I'm not seeing the tray icon after getting the update. And I would actually like to have it, too. Kind of annoying, eh.

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I totally understand that it can be hidden within the system tray, and is hidden by default.

My point was that, like the Volume icon, it should be capable of being disabled, via the "Customize -> Notification Area Icons -> Turn system icons on or off" settings.

Heck, I also believe "Sync" should be an option on its right-click menu, since it is an option when you launch the SkyDrive app, but I guess that's unnecessary since it syncs automatically.

 

I just would have designed it slightly differently.

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I'm updating my Surface now. Let's see what happens

 

Surface..?  What is the file..? I used an .MSU on my desktop.

 

Did it go OK? Can I do my Surface now...?!? lol

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Surface..?  What is the file..? I used an .MSU on my desktop.

 

Did it go OK? Can I do my Surface now...?!? lol

Yes it's fine, I got the system tray icon.

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I totally understand that it can be hidden within the system tray, and is hidden by default.

My point was that, like the Volume icon, it should be capable of being disabled, via the "Customize -> Notification Area Icons -> Turn system icons on or off" settings.

Heck, I also believe "Sync" should be an option on its right-click menu, since it is an option when you launch the SkyDrive app, but I guess that's unnecessary since it syncs automatically.

 

I just would have designed it slightly differently.

It's not a system icon, though. Only the network, volume and action center icons are.

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Why is it not a system icon? I claim it actually is a system icon, in the sense that it comes with the computer, is in the tray, interacts with the system, and allows you to interact with it, all without installing any additional software. Isn't that a system icon?

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I've noticed that it doesn't always show up on boot. Sometimes after restarting it disappears sometimes it does show up. Dunno why.

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Just installed KB2923768 on my domain PC and Skydrive stopped working, uninstalled it and ok again so problems on domain PC's with this update

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