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Windows 7: Network icon does not indicate whether it is enabled within

07 Apr 2013   #1
jon80

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 
Network icon does not indicate whether it is enabled within

Last week, I did not realize I had disabled the network card interface on Windows 7 - within system tray near the clock and calendar, since I had gotten used to an icon which changed appearance and color when this was disabled in Windows XP.

Therefore it would be suggested that UI designers improve the icon of the network card(s) to indicate whether they are enabled or not. I hope I posted this to the right forum.


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07 Apr 2013   #2
TVeblen

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Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

The network icon in the taskbar changes to show connectivity status in Windows 7.

There is one icon for wired connection, one for wireless. A big red X if there is no connectivity. A spinning blue orb if it is searching for connections. A yellow triangular symbol if there are connectivity problems.
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07 Apr 2013   #3
jon80

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TVeblen View Post
The network icon in the taskbar changes to show connectivity status in Windows 7.

There is one icon for wired connection, one for wireless. A big red X if there is no connectivity. A spinning blue orb if it is searching for connections. A yellow triangular symbol if there are connectivity problems.
I think this is what happens on Windows Server 2008, not on my version of Windows 7.
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07 Apr 2013   #4
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TVeblen View Post
The network icon in the taskbar changes to show connectivity status in Windows 7.

There is one icon for wired connection, one for wireless. A big red X if there is no connectivity. A spinning blue orb if it is searching for connections. A yellow triangular symbol if there are connectivity problems.
I can confirm that that is the way it works on my Windows 7 PC also.
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07 Apr 2013   #5
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

I disabled my network connections in Win 7 32 Bit Ultimate and this is what I see.

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jon80 View Post
Last week, I did not realize I had disabled the network card interface on Windows 7 - within system tray near the clock and calendar, since I had gotten used to an icon which changed appearance and color when this was disabled in Windows XP.

Therefore it would be suggested that UI designers improve the icon of the network card(s) to indicate whether they are enabled or not. I hope I posted this to the right forum.
Seven Forums is an independent site dedicated to helping anyone using Windows 7 with issues, questions, etc.

This is not a Microsoft site, so any request for changes to Windows should be posted on an MS site for possible consideration.
I would not expect a change request like this to be considered (MS has already released Win 8) but that's just my opinion.

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07 Apr 2013   #6
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 
It does change

Whilst it's not as good as the XP indicator, it does have various condition indicators.
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You'll notice that Windows 7 thinks my Network is connected but broken.

When I run VMware Workstation, half the time the indicator suggests that there is a problem.
In reality, anything that doesn't depend on Windows "opinion" of the network condition works just fine (i.e. Internet, UNC connections).


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