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.
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.
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
Try terminating and restarting the "Network List Service":
- 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)
sc queryex netprofm | find "PID"
- Note the PID that is returned.
taskkill /F /PID **PID_YOU_WROTE_DOWN_EARLIER_HERE**(without the asterisks)... e.g.:
taskkill /F /PID 872
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!