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On my brand new Windows 7 PC, the WiFi icon in my system tray looks funny. Here it is:

wifi icon

On my last Windows 7 PC, black lines bordered all the white bars and looked very uniform and normal. This one looks deformed/messed up. Not cool on a brand new computer.


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What is your "brand new Windows 7 PC"? What resolution monitor are you running on? – Shinrai Mar 3 '11 at 17:05
Do other tray icons look as expected? – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Mar 3 '11 at 17:06
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Weird. :)

From what that little pic looks like, I'd say ensure your desktop resolution is set to the native resolution/aspect ratio suggested by your monitor.

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This looks like the correct answer. On LCD screens, incorrect resolution that is too big for the natural size of the screen can definitely cause this effect where some pixels go missing. – Randolf Richardson Mar 3 '11 at 18:37
I was using 1600x900 instead of the 1920x1080 native resolution on my 15.6" screen. When I changed back to 1920x1080, bam, fixed. Thanks a lot. – CChriss Mar 4 '11 at 2:15

The Windows 7 wireless icon is not as nice as it was in previous versions. The same question was raised elsewhere, where the answer was the usual :

This is by design in Windows 7. There is no way to change this in the UI.

You could use the Windows 7 Tray Icon Changer to give the icon some color, or a third-party widget such as Network Meter to visually indicate real-time activity.

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OP said it looks different from another Win7 system. He's not complaining about lack of color, he's complaining about the deformed bar widths and gaps in the border. For that matter, I'm on a Win7 system right now and it doesn't look like that. I agree with @techie007 that it's probably a resolution or rendering issue. – Shinrai Mar 3 '11 at 18:26
@Shinrai: You may of course be right. But in case the OP cannot resolve his problem any other way, or if some installed product caused the change, this answer could maybe help him or somebody else to return the situation to normal. – harrymc Mar 3 '11 at 19:02
Thanks anyway harrymc. – CChriss Mar 4 '11 at 2:15

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