I'm running Win7; when I click on the Wi-Fi button in the tray, the box won't pop up. Right-clickng does bring up troubleshoot and open network.

  • umm, I have a working wifi connection and on windows 7 when I right click the tray icon I see open network and sharing and troubleshooting this is normal behavior. What happens when you left click it does it bring up available networks? – Not Kyle stop stalking me Feb 24 '11 at 18:12
  • that's the problem, left-clicking doesn't show anything (right works fine) – Teknophilia Feb 24 '11 at 21:29
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and... What does troubleshoot say?

Most common problems -

1) Make sure your wireless is turned on (Hardware switch or FN+an F-Key.

2) Go to Network Connections and make sure your wireless card is not disabled.

3) Go to Device Manager and make sure it is not disabled.

Those are the most common problems to deal with your symptoms, if it doesn't help, I really need more information.

  • Nothing is disabled, and the troublshooter detect nothing. I've tried updating and rolling back the drivers, diabling/reenabling the device, and turning the wifi an/off. Sometimes the dialog DOES op up when I click the wifi icon, but its very rare. – Teknophilia Feb 24 '11 at 18:13
  • even disabled, the dialog should come up.... are you waiting/giving it enough time? :S – William Hilsum Feb 24 '11 at 18:14
  • I waited about 4-5 mins just to be sure. – Teknophilia Feb 24 '11 at 18:16
  • Why is this the accepted answer? – Nebula Dec 1 '17 at 7:40

Easier than you think...

In Vista you right-click on the network icon to get the list of available wireless networks.

In Win7 you left-click on the network icon to get the same list

In Win7 if you right-click you only see

                  Troubleshoot Problems
                  Open Network and Sharing Center

Then in Win7 you have to 'Open Network and Sharing Center' and click on

    View your active networks........................ **Connect or disconnect**

clicking on Connect or disconnect will bring up the available wireless networks list

I found a solution that worked for me:

  1. Run Task Manager (easiest is "Ctrl+Shift+Esc")
  2. Right click "explorer.exe"
  3. Click "restart" (or "End task" and next "File">"New Task" and type in "explorer.exe")

The window showed up when I left clicked the icon.

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    This fixed it for me on windows 10 – Nebula Dec 1 '17 at 7:42
  1. Try rebooting.

  2. Try to install the latest stable network drivers.

  3. Try to do a rollback using System Restore.

Try terminating and restarting the "Network List Service":

  1. Open the command prompt with Administrative privileges (if you press Ctrl-Shift-Esc and go to File -> Run, you can start "cmd" with Administrative privileges)
  2. Type sc queryex netprofm | find "PID"
  3. Note the PID that is returned.
  4. Type taskkill /F /PID **PID_YOU_WROTE_DOWN_EARLIER_HERE** (without the asterisks)... e.g.: taskkill /F /PID 872
  5. Type net start netprofm

I finally found out what causes this, and how to fix it. See:


It turns out the network list stops appearing because Windows gets "confused" about what object it's supposed to show in its Notification Area. The page above includes a batchfile you can run to (harmlessly) remove missing/obsolete entries from the Notification Area. Then, when you restart Windows, the network list should appear when you click the network icon. It worked for me!

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