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  • “Meet Now” In The System Tray

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    Home Forums AskWoody support Windows Windows 10 Windows 10 version 20H2 – October 2020 Update “Meet Now” In The System Tray

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      • #2308163 Reply
        Travasaurus
        AskWoody Plus

        Suddenly today I got a “Meet Now” icon which just popped-up out of the Blue in my system tray. It seems to be related to Skype but I went into the Skype app and turned-off everything I could find, but there was nothing that specifically referenced “Meet Now”. It has an option to “Hide” it but I want to turn it off altogether, i.e. I don’t want (or need) it running as a “service” in the background, hidden or otherwise, dragging my scarce system resources down. Information about it seems to be a bit sketchy at this point and I’ve even checked everywhere I can think of in the Task Manager and cannot find any reference to it running. What is it, specifically and more importantly, how the Heck do I turn it off?

      • #2308167 Reply
        PKCano
        Da Boss

        You can’t uninstall it.

        https://allthings.how/how-to-disable-or-remove-meet-now-in-windows-10-taskbar/

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      • #2308290 Reply
        Alex5723
        AskWoody Plus

        The optional KB4580364 preview added Meet Now.

        Introducing Meet Now in the Windows 10 Taskbar

        Earlier this year we introduced Meet Now in Skype. Meet Now makes it easy to connect with anyone in as little as two clicks for free and each call can last up to 24 hours. Today, we’re excited to share that we will be extending this capability in Windows 10 by bringing Meet Now right to the taskbar. In the coming weeks, you will be able to easily set up a video call and reach friends and family in an instant by clicking the Meet Now icon in the taskbar notification area. No sign ups or downloads needed.

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        • #2308316 Reply
          Travasaurus
          AskWoody Plus

          You’d think they’d at least provide a way to disable it, if you weren’t going to use it. Merely “hiding” it does not keep if from using system resources. Sounds like another “feature” that Microsoft has forced upon us. I wonder if you uninstall Skype if it would go away?

          • #2312618 Reply
            anonymous
            Guest

            I don’t have Skype installed and I still got the icon. Absolute junk.

            • #2312622 Reply
              Kirsty
              Da Boss

              Have you confirmed Windows hasn’t installed Skype in the background, such as in Reliability History?
              (It’s surprising what unwanted apps shows up in there, that you had no option to not install…)

              • #2312625 Reply
                Travasaurus
                AskWoody Plus

                Skype has been part & parcel of Windows 10 as long as I can remember. It seems to be built into the operating system…

              • #2312630 Reply
                Kirsty
                Da Boss

                Correct. That’s why it seemed odd our anon friend’s post above referred to not having it installed…

                From @pkcano‘s link:

                There is no possibility to uninstall as of yet. Microsoft integrated Meet Now in Windows 10 as a new feature that cannot be uninstalled.

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              • #2312736 Reply
                anonymous
                Guest

                Unless it both installs without my knowing (which admittedly is plausible) AND isn’t called Skype, I don’t have it. A deep search found no .exe or .dll files even remotely called skype.
                Oh well.. xD

        • #2314370 Reply
          anonymous
          Guest

          I don’t have skype, no desire to have skype, so should not have any oart of skype instlled. I don’t want this meet now app. and definitely don’t want it to randomly pop yp a notification asking me to make a call. If I want to call someone, I will pick up a phone and call them. I don’t have a camera installed on my PC, so why would I want a video calling app.

          I want to uninstall it, but can’t. Why not?

      • #2312624 Reply
        Sueska
        AskWoody Plus

        Win 10 20H. Just noticed the “Meet Now” icon today. Without researching, I right clicked and hid the “Meet Now” icon in the system tray. After reading this article, decided to try out the feature. But the hide choice seemed to be make “Meet Now” really gone. I cannot locate “Meet Now” anywhere on my PC now.

        • #2312631 Reply
          Kirsty
          Da Boss

          Did you read the link @pkcano shared above? Taskbar settings may be your option.

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          • #2312652 Reply
            Sueska
            AskWoody Plus

            Yes thanks Kirsty,  I read the article pkcano shared above, but sadly not until “after” I right clicked and hid the “Meet Now” icon. When I hid the icon  I had not yet found this post and assumed I could easily get “Meet Now” back if needed. According to the article pkcano linked, I should have gone into taskbar settings and turned “Meet Now” off so that it does not show up in the notification area and then back on later if wanted. However, since I immediately hid the icon, it is not present at all in the taskbar settings or anywhere on my pc. Weird.

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            • #2312749 Reply
              b
              AskWoody Plus

              However, since I immediately hid the icon, it is not present at all in the taskbar settings or anywhere on my pc. Weird.

              Try Settings, Personalization, Taskbar, Notification area, Turn system icons on or off (immediately below Select which icons appear on the taskbar), where Meet Now should be at the bottom of the list:

              How to Add or Remove Meet Now icon on Taskbar in Windows 10

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              • #2312777 Reply
                Sueska
                AskWoody Plus

                Thank you b! It was there and I was able to turn it back on.

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                b
      • #2312663 Reply
        Alex5723
        AskWoody Plus

        Skype has been part & parcel of Windows 10 as long as I can remember. It seems to be built into the operating system…

        I don’t have Skype installed (removed all store apps) and no ‘Meet Now’ (20H2).

      • #2312800 Reply
        Alex5723
        AskWoody Plus

        Which build?

        19042.630

      • #2312860 Reply
        SkipH
        AskWoody Plus

        I have a client system I’m working on that I did a clean install of 64 bit Windows 10 Pro 2004 installed back in late June.

        I’m still waiting for the client to get time for the system to be set up, so it’s been sitting around my place since then.

        I’d put on several monthly cumulative updates so it would be ready to deliver when the client got organized.

        The October 29th “preview” update (KB4580364) was never installed on this system.

        So in late October, I “upgraded” it to 20H2, then a few days ago, I installed the November cumulative update, KB4586781 which puts the system on Build 19042.630.

        This system is about as “stock” a system can be, has basically no user programs installed yet.

        As of today, I see no “Meet Now” icon, or that app listed in System Icons in the Task Bar Notification area of the Task Bar. Also, I can’t find any background process that I can identify (using the Sysinternals Process Explorer) as being connected to a “Meet Now” process. The Skype app is installed, but is not actively running.

        However, running a search of the Registry using Registry Editor for “Meet Now”, there are lots of entries (I didn’t bother to count them) found for that string, and quite a few of them are shown as connected to Skype.

        I have no idea of when those registry entries might have been made, as I had no reason to search for “Meet Now” until this thread was started.

        I’m guessing if the OP used one of a number of “App uninstallers” to remove Skype (if he’s not using it, or never plans to), that would probably kill off the “Meet Now” icon, and the connections to Skype.

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