Applies To: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2

PromotedIcon1 specifies an icon to be shown in the visible system notification area on the taskbar in place of the Action Center icon.

Up to four system notification icons are shown in the visible portion of the system notification area on the desktop. By default, these icons are Action Center, Battery—if the system hardware includes battery support—Network, and Volume.

By setting the PromotedIcon1 component, you can select another icon to be visible in the system notification area. This icon will appear in place of the Action Center icon.

To select the icon to be visible, you must:

  • Select an application file that includes a system notification icon. This application file must be signed.

  • Set both the Path and GUID elements for the file.

For information about specifying the GUID for your icon, see NOTIFYICONDATA Structure.

Child Elements


Specifies the GUID of the icon to be displayed in the notification area.


Specifies the path to the application that contains the icon.

Valid Configuration Passes


Parent Hierarchy

Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup | NotificationArea | PromotedIcon1

Applies To

Windows® 8, Windows® 7, Windows Server® 2012, and Windows Server® 2008 R2 editions.

For a list of the Windows editions and architectures that this component supports, see Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup.

XML Example

The following XML output shows how to promote a new system notification icon to be visible in place of the Action Center icon.


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