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Old 23-11-2008
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restoring local area connection icon


Can one inform me as how to restore the local area connection in vista.

I've done the normals, such as taskbar / properties / hiding /
restoring icons etc, but this *local area connection* icon is no where
to be seen.
I'd appreciate help in restoring this little critter!!! Thanks!


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Old 23-11-2008
Chad Harris
 
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Re: restoring local area connection icon

Hi--

Troubleshooting missing network and dial-up connections icons
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/329050

Good luck,

CH
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Old 23-11-2008
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Thanks for the response Chad. The only snag with the site you've given
me, is that deals with Windows XP --- I've got Windows Vista Home
Premium.
I'm sorry I never mentioned that earlier. Having come onto a Vista
Forum, I had thought that to be understood.
If you've any further clues as to overcome this, I'd appreciate it. The
problem given and dealt with on that site you gave is the same problem,
but different instructions as to how to overcome this on Vista.


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Old 23-11-2008
Chad Harris
 
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Re: restoring local area connection icon

Hi--

You actually can use either of the two options below--the KB or Ramesh's
regedit or his automatic reg fix download to restore the Network icon IN
VISTA.

I'm aware this is a Vista forum, but when appropriate directions and moves
that work on XP work on Vista and Windows u7 and Windows 2K at times. This
KB should be one of them.

It was understood. The majority of XP MSKBs work for Vista; some don't..

All the services referred to in this particular MSKB are present on a Vista
box--and a Windows 7 box for that matter.

The settings referred to in the first part of the directions are present in
Win 2K, Win XP, Vista, and Win 7. That's 4 OS's.

Did you try ose directions? You have no downside.

It depends on the KB. MSFT sometimes doesn't designate a KB that works for
a prior OS with the "works on" label for the new OS.

If the directions in the MSKB I linked you don't work, this current regedit
will, and it should unhide the network icon and also provied the option to
make the network icon available on the control panel as well when you right
click the start button>properties and have the option to show it. You can
also show the network connections icon in the notificaiton area as I'm sure
you know.;

Network Connections icon is hidden by default from the Control Panel in
Windows Vista. Here is a registry edit to unhide the Network Connections
icon.

Add Network Connections icon to the Control Panel
1. Click Start, type regedit.exe and press ENTER

2. Navigate to the following branch:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \
Control Panel \ don't load
3. In the right pane, right-click ncpa.cpl and choose Delete

4. Exit the Registry Editor.

You also have the option to download this Registry fix automatically from
Ramesh's site. As always thanks to Ramesh Srinivasan MSFT Shell MVP for his
excellent blog and sites over the years. See below:

http://www.winhelponline.com/blog/re...anel-in-vista/

Good luck,
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