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Wireless Icon Missing in Windows® 7-based PC

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What are the reasons due to which wireless icon goes missing on Windows 7-based PC?

Windows 7 wireless icon missing issue is one among various issues that affects the Windows 7 users. The wireless icon displayed at the taskbar notification area on Windows 7 system helps the user in managing the wireless connection from the desktop itself. The wireless icon also provides an option to notify the user about the connectivity on the systems. The reasons for the missing icon issue vary considerably. The damaged network card, incompatible devices, issues with the Windows 7 system like software conflicts, disabled notification icon option, no connectivity, etc. would be common reasons for the wireless icon missing issue with Windows 7 operating systems.

Discussed below are some ways to avoid and fix the issue:

  • Troubleshoot the wireless network card
  • Enable the notification options
  • Other ways to fix the issue

Troubleshoot the wireless network card

The reinstallation or the removal of the damaged network card on the Windows 7-based computer would solve the icon missing issue. The user should first check whether the wireless network card is working or not. For that, from the ‘Control Panel’ open ‘Device Manager’ (Alternatively, you can right-click on the computer icon and select ‘Manage’ to open the ‘Device Manager’.) Then click on ‘Network Adapters’ and right-click on the ‘Wireless Network Card’ installed on the system. Now the user can view the device status at the ‘Properties’ window. If the device is not working properly, then the user should remove and install another device.

Enable the notification options

The option for displaying the wireless icon on the Windows 7 taskbar notification area while the system is connected to the network should be enabled both on the system options and also at the network properties. For enabling from the taskbar option, the user should right-click on anywhere at the taskbar and then select the ‘Properties’ option. In the window that appears, choose the ‘Taskbar’ tab and then select the ‘Notification Area’ option. Now click on the ‘Customize’ option and select ‘Show icon and notifications’ option near to the ‘Network’ menu. Click ‘Ok’ and exit the window. The user can also enable the ‘Show Wireless Connection Notification’ option from the ‘Properties’ dialog box of the connection.

Other ways to fix the issue

The user should check whether any connections are enabled on the system. For that, enter the ‘Network and Sharing Center’ from the ‘Control Panel’ and check for the availability of wireless network connections. If the connections are not enabled on the system, then the network icon would appear after the system gets connected to the network. You can also fix the issue by using the ‘System Restore’ feature. The user should restore the system to a point when the the wireless icon used to display properly on the system.

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