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Windows 7: M$ Please bing back animated network icons etc.

15 Apr 2009   #11

XP Pro SP3 x86/Vista SP2 x64/Win7 x64 Triple-boot

I have to agree. the network activity icon can be a life saver at times.. Knowing when stuff is talking to your apache and SQL etc can be a BIG help.
It has never seemed to have worked 'properly' since win98 though, IMO.

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15 Apr 2009   #12

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Thanks Studulike for reminding me the paperclip animation in W98, I like those little things.
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15 Apr 2009   #13


You liked the animated paperclip? I hated it.

However, I miss the tiny double-monitor network icon from XP terribly. It was a great indicator of things going well and things gone wrong. I don't want to give over desk space to meters or gadgets -- I want as little infringing on my work area as possible. That little icon was prefect for the job at hand.
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15 Apr 2009   #14


The xp animated icons are the best, vista's version is weak and win7, it may as well be dead. The only thing it shows me is the yellow triangle for limited connection on the occasional bootup and the only way I have found to fix that is reboot.
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15 Apr 2009   #15

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu

For anyone who actually misses clippy - Here you go,

As for the network animation I think one reason it was removed from Windows 7 was that the Vista one caused so many support calls and forum posts due to it either not working or indicating an incorrect status.

Now that may not be a great reason for the change but I can understand the reasoning. I have lost count of the times I've been told "I've got a red X in the tray" on systems with perfectly working networks.

Windows 7 does have animation for the Wireless network icon of course where it indicates signal strength.

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15 Apr 2009   #16

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Thanks Barman58, you made my day.
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15 Apr 2009   #17


this exists in 7077 !!! except the bars aint green that are off-white !!!
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15 Apr 2009   #18

Windows 7 Enterprise (Build# 7600) x64

heh, while i kind of miss the little flashing green lights, i'm kind of indifferent to them being there or not, since i've started using rainmeter+enigma skin which has a fantastic network icon showing wired or wifi, and a set of small bar graphs for up or down :v uses minimal cpu, (RM itself uses about 25mb of ram) and i can toss on a few other things to suit my tastes, like cpu meters, a weather forcast/temp/etc section, and even a twitter reader to keep up with the guy who was responsible for cwalken (trelvix, anyone?) so while it's nice to have something similar in w7, i'm not going to beat a potentially dead horse.

however, if ms were to include something rather similar to this particular icon/bar set, well. far be it from me to complain ;D

requirements for nifty setup like in thumbnail/image;

rainmeter: rainmeter - Google Code
enigma skin for rainmeter: Enigma by ~Kaelri on deviantART
CD Art Display: CD Art Display
Pure Adium skin: Pure Adium - CD Art Display by ~Nevezen on deviantART
foorbar2000, winamp or itunes (for CAD)
some free time and a bit of patience/know how.
most of the things above have install tutorials either in the archive file or on the site itself, or are straight program installers. configuring them? that takes the working part ;o

and please note that CAD can be somewhat annoying to get just the way you want it (i've dumped several hours into tweaking it, and am still touching it up here and there.. like how i just tweaked the date/time in RM a second ago after noticing it was off a bit hah.)

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15 Apr 2009   #19

Windows7 beta 7000

Does anyone else see the irony in starting a thread title with "M$" and then saying, "Please".
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15 Apr 2009   #20

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu

Good point Patrick :)
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