How To: Restore Missing Action Center Notifications

On Windows 10, you may have encountered the problem of losing the Notification Area/Action Center icon and fixed the missing Notification Area icon. The notification area icon is located in the lower right corner of your computer’s screen in the taskbar. It is also known as the Windows Action Center. This gives you information about unread emails, application updates, pending updates, etc. on which you perform an action by clicking on them.

Also displays network shortcuts, Windows settings, tablet mode, project, connection, Bluetooth, etc. to access customization. Sometimes, due to unknown changes in the registry or for some reason, the Action Center/Notification Zone icon (see image below) is corrupted and does not appear at the end of the Windows taskbar.

To retrieve missing notifications from the action center:

Restart Windows Explorer

1.Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc simultaneously to start the Task Manager.

2. find explorer.exe in the list, right-click on it and select Exit task.

3. now the Explorer will be closed and to run it again, click File > Run New Task.

Enter explore.exe and click OK to restart the Explorer.

Re-register action center via PowerShell

You can try to re-register the Action Center as another method to restore Action Center. To get started, press Win + X and click on the Windows PowerShell (Admin) option.

After opening PowerShell, copy the following command and run it.

The execution process may take some time, so wait until Windows has finished making the changes.

Restart the system and the action center should work as expected.

Rename the file UsrClass.dat

Some users report that renaming the UsrClass.dat file to Usr.dat.old solves the problem. Note, however, that executing this action may have consequences. Renaming this file can remove tiles from the Start menu and modify the Windows design. If you are not satisfied with this solution, move on to the next one (you can always come back to this method later if nothing else works).

Press Win + R to open the Run dialog box or right-click Start and select Run from the context menu. Type “%localappdata&\Microsoft\Windows\” and press Enter or click OK.

Locate the UsrClass.dat file that is normally hidden. In this case, make the contents of the folder visible by clicking on View and checking the Hidden Items box. The UsrClass.dat file should appear.

Locate and right-click on the UsrClass.dat file and rename it “UsrClass.dat.old”. Check if this solves the problem of the action center.

Restoring your settings with System Restore

The programs you install can change your system settings, which can occasionally cause problems with your computer. System recovery is often the easiest way to solve these problems. With System Restore, you can “rewind” your system settings at an earlier date, called the recovery point. Note that this does not delete your current documents and cannot be used to recover lost documents or other files. However, it can uninstall current programs and drivers.

Using the Group Policy Editor

For a few users, you can easily solve this problem by changing the few options in the Group Policy Editor. To do this, you must follow these simple steps:

  1. Press Windows + R and type gpedit.msc. Press the Enter key or click OK.
  2. In the left pane, go to Local IT Policy > User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar.
  3. In the right pane, double-click Delete Notification and Action Center, select Unconfigured or Disabled, and then click Apply and OK to save your changes.