Windows® network icon missing
How to fix Windows network icon missing issue?
Computer icons are small pictograms which are used to supplement textual information to the users. Icons represent folders, files, applications, and devices on an operating system. They are also present on desktop, toolbars, and menus of a computer application software. Sometimes, the icons in your system may disappear from your Windows operating system and there are several reasons for this issue. For example, if the network connection icons are missing, you will have to click on 'Advanced settings' of these folders to get the list of 'Remote Access Connections'. Disabled services or incorrect settings made to the network connection are the common reasons behind network icon missing. If you enable these services, than the network icons will be restored. Also remove any third party networking software installed on the system. Furthermore, you can remove the network adapters from the 'Device Manager' and reinstall the adapter to enable network icons.
Different techniques to resolve the network icon missing problem in Windows are explained below:
- Verify Network Adapter Settings
- Enable Services
- Verify logon settings
Verify Network Adapter Settings
Sometimes the network icons will disappear from the network connection folder in Windows. We can resolve this issue by verifying the adapter settings. In order to change adapter settings, select ‘Start’ and right-click on ‘My Computer’. Select ‘Properties’ and choose ‘Hardware’ tab. Click on the ‘Device Manager’ and expand ‘Network Adapters’ and verify that the correct adapter is listed. Now double-click the network adapter to restore the icons.
You can enable network icons in your system by enabling some features of services and applications. To enable, open ‘Start’ and right-click on ‘My Computer’. Then select ‘Manage’ and expand ‘Services and Applications’ and click on ‘Services’. Then enable the services such as Network Connections, Remote Procedure Call, COM+ Event System, Telephony, and Remote Access Connection Manager in the right pane of the window.
Another technique we use to enable network icons on your system is by verifying the logon settings. Open the ‘Start’ menu and select ’Manage’ by right-clicking on ‘My Computer’. Then click on ‘Services and Applications’ and select ‘Services’. Double-click on ‘COM+ Event System’ services, and click on ‘Log On’ tab. Verify the ‘Local System Account’ under ‘Log on as’ option.
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