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WinLED - Questions and Answers

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Do you have questions about the tool WinLED? On this page you will get helpful answers to frequently asked questions.

  • The system tray icon of the WinLED is no longer displayed. Why?
    A common reason is that Windows after some time hides the icons of rarely used applications in the notification area. If you still want to keep the WinLED status in mind, in tis guide you will learn how to configure Windows to display all Windows icons again.
    In particular, Windows 10 sometimes rejects the display of the icon in the notification area, without specifying reasons. However, the appearance of the WinLED icon will work normally after restarting the operating system.
  • The WinLED icon is displayed but does not signal any activities. Why?
    I myself have done this after the installation of the Windows Anniversary update: The WinLED display remained despite activities always black. The Anniversary Update had changed the registry settings, which WinLED per drive notes that activities should be displayed. The problem is easy to solve: Please click on the context menu of WinLED and on the menu then on the relevant drive to reactivate the display of the activities for this drive.
  • The WinLED Icon is always hidden in the notification area, even though a permanent display has been configured in Windows. Why?
    Windows has stored several registries of WinLED in the notification area's cache and has not used the registration of WinLED, which had changed to permanent settings. You can see this in the system control under "Notification Area Icons". If there several entries of WinLED are displayed, these are duplicate registrations of WinLED.
    You can use this small batch program to refresh the Notification Icon Cache on the affected computer. The batch program first kills all Windows Explorer instances (the Windows taskbar disappears), then deletes the cache in the registry and restarts Windows Explorer (the tasklist appears again). With start, the Notification Area Icons Cache is rebuilt by Windows Explorer. However, only partially: It is better to restart the computer again for a complete rebuild of the Notification Area Icon Cache.
    After this, the permant display for WinLED must be configured again, but Windows will remember it this time.
  • Both the installation and uninstallation of the WinLED is canceled. What can I do?
    Microsoft's Windows Installer saves a variety of information in the registry and in Windows system directories to enable later easy uninstallation. If there are irregularities there may be so-called deadlock situations: WinLED can neither be installed nor uninstalled. However, the WinLED as of version 1.3.0 uses an installer engine that allows them to get out of this situation in two steps:
    1. Please download the Windows Installer CleanUp Tool and start it on the affected system. Remove the WinLED installation from the list of all installations.
    2. Locate a file WinLEDInstaller.exe file in the directory "C:\ProgramData\Package Cache". If you find any file, delete it.
    Now the installer of the current version of the WinLED should again offer a new installation of WinLED.
  • The installation fails with the message 'The performance counter 'PhysicalDisk' could not be initialized successful on this computer.'. What can I do?
    The PerformanceCounter 'PhysicalDisk' of Windows is installed or configured incorrectly. Please start a 'command shell' using elevated rights ('run as administrator') and go to the root directory of their system drive using the command 'cd C:\'. Next enter the command 'lodctr / r' and execute it. After the successful execution of the command in individual caseswas required a restart of the computer. Afterwards the successful installation of WinLED should be possible.
    Some users were only successful after deleting the registry entry
    'HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\PerfProc\Performance\Disable Performance Counters', and afterwards the restart of the Windows service "Windows Management Instrumentation service".
  • WinLED does not start and reports the error "There are no drives on this system for which performance monitoring is provided by Windows."
    The PerformanceCounter 'PhysicalDisk' of Windows is installed or configured incorrectly. Please start a 'command shell' using elevated rights ('run as administrator') and go to the root directory of their system drive using the command 'cd C:\ '. Next enter the command 'lodctr / r' and execute it. After the successful execution of the command in individual cases was required a restart of the computer. Afterwards the successful start of WinLED should be possible.
    Some users were only successful after deleting the registry entry
    'HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\PerfProc\Performance\Disable Performance Counters', and afterwards the restart of the Windows service "Windows Management Instrumentation service".
  • WinLED does not recognize my SSD as a physical drive. What can I do?
    There can be different reasons. The Windows operating system can manage different types of drives, but initializes the PhysicalDisk performance counter for physical drives only. It is possible that the driver of the manufacturer of the SSD does not provide the operating system with information for the PerformanceCounter, so that Windows does not initialize a PerformanceCounter for it. In that case, WinLED can not be used for this drive.
    However, it is also possible that the SSD manufacturer or Microsoft marks the SSD as another type of drive that is not yet captured by WinLED. If you're using WinLED on a computer with an email program, you'll find a "Report a problem" button in the splash screen ("About WinLED"). This generates an e-mail form in which an overview of the setup of your computer is already inserted recognized by WinLED. Please send me this information by e-mail. If WinLED can be expanded to include more types of drives, I'm happy to release an update for WinLED.
  • In context menu WinLED displays a drive multiple times. Why?
    Probably there are stripesets on your Windows system. Stripesets are configuration settings in Windows' Disk Management that allow multiple physical drives to be interconnected into one logical drive. Despite the interconnection Windows creates a separate PerformanceCounter for each physical drive, which also is displayed separately in WinLED.
  • During installation appears the message "Expired installer". What can I do?
    Please always download and use the latest version of WinLED installer from my blog.