Missing Network Icon
The icon on the Windows XP taskbar for accessing network settings sometimes goes missing. It's one of the most common, yet frustrating, problems that can occur in WinXP. The reason it's common is that the icon you can use to access network settings is not enabled by default. So, if you normally see the icon—which looks like two small computers next to each other—at work, and then on a home network you can't see the icon, you might wonder if something is wrong. It's also frustrating because it's difficult to figure out how to enable the icon for easy access. To find the option, go to Start, then Connect To, then Show All Connections. All the icons for your network connections will appear, including any wired or wireless connections. Right-click the Local Area Connection icon and select Properties. Now, place a check in the Show Icon In Notification Area checkbox and click OK. The icon will now appear.