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Now there will be a restart icon in Windows 10’s Tray

By Eunice Samson | December 6, 2018 |

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The new version of Windows 10—codenamed 19H1—is riddled with bugs and issues, which have pushed its release to April 2019. So, the only users who could get a glimpse of the added features are those who joined the Insider program. One of the features that have been creating a buzz is the Restart icon in the notification area of the tray.

In a blog post announcing Windows Insider build 18290, Microsoft highlighted the new icon:

“Starting with 19H1, when your device has an update requiring reboot (including new builds we release) you will see Windows Update icon with orange indicator in the notification area (system tray) alerting you to restart your device.”

So far, opinions regarding this new icon have been divided. Some people think that it is just unnecessary clutter on their tray. On the other hand, others think that it is a better and unobtrusive way to notify users that they need to restart their PC.

New Restart Icon for Windows 10 19H1

You might wonder, “How can I find the Restart icon for Windows 10 updates?” It is worth noting that this system tray icon is disabled by default on computers enrolled in the Insider program. So, if you want to enable it and learn how to see the Windows Updates notification, you’d have to follow the instructions below:

  1. On your keyboard, press Windows Key+I to launch the Settings app.
  2. Select Update & Security.
  3. Go to the left-pane menu, then click Windows Update.
  4. Go to the right pane, then click Advanced Options.
  5. If you cannot resolve the
    problem yourself, you can
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  6. Toggle the ‘Show a notification when your PC requires a restart to finish updating’ switch to On.

When you right-click the Restart icon, you will see these options:

  • Restart now
  • Schedule restart
  • Open Windows Update
  • Hide for now

Other New Features for Windows 10 19H1

Microsoft will also introduce other interesting features to the new Windows 10 version. For instance, you will see a microphone icon in the notification area. You will be able to know which app is using the mic. There will also be a ‘Sync now’ button for your clock. This feature will be useful if you live in an area that adopts the Daylight Savings Time.

Clearly, Windows 10 19H1 has many new features that are worth looking forward to. However, as with any update or program, you need to take some precautions. Make sure you prep your PC, keeping it protected from attacks, malicious programs, viruses, and threats. We suggest that you install a reliable and powerful software program like Auslogics Anti-Malware. This tool can catch items that your main antivirus may miss. You can rest easy knowing that your computer is safe and secure once the updates are available.


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So, what do you think of the new Restart icon in the notification area?

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