Network Neighborhood symbol missing

November 15, 2005 at 07:53:32
Specs: XPSP2, Celeron 1.2/256


I just noticed that I am missing my Network Neighborhood tree from the Explorer. Even if want to place this on the Desktop I can't get it to appear. Yes, I have MS Client installed and the machine works great on the LAN.
The tree is just "gone". Anyone have an idea?
Thanks and regards

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November 15, 2005 at 08:14:11

It is gone when you are on the network, and connected ??
It would be gone if you were not.

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November 15, 2005 at 16:32:29

You can download & install

Launch TweakUI from Control Panel.

Click on Desktop tab.

Under Special Desktop Icons: find the check box and click to insert a check mark for My Network Places.
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November 16, 2005 at 08:04:47


I'll try that!


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November 18, 2005 at 08:15:34

I followed the link you suggested and it points to TweakUIPowertoySetup_ia64.exe which is not a 32 bit application so it does not launch in XP. I went out to another page and got TweakUiPowertoySetup.exe which offers a "Desktop" option. However, in this topic is only "first icon" as an option.
Can you point me in another direction?

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November 18, 2005 at 08:44:46

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November 18, 2005 at 09:37:37

If you haven't already tried, you may try the following:
1. Rt-click Desktop> Properties> Desktop tab> Customize Desktop button> General tab>
2. Under Desktop Icons place checkmark in the box of [] My network Places .

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November 19, 2005 at 05:55:48


Tried both methods without luck. I am able to get the icon onto the Desktop now my setting a link from the START menu option icon for Network Neighborhood. If I right mouse this and then click "explore" I get a "normal" explorer with the network icon at the left panel. The TWEAK does not offer the network icon in its list of icon options for the desktop.
I can't ask Microsoft because this is an OEM installation and my machine is out of guarantee.

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November 19, 2005 at 07:18:14

Providing more details about your HomeNetwork might enable readers to understand the exact situation you are finding yourself and hopefully we might be able to suggest other options. Answering some of the following questions, for example, might clarify your setup.

1.How many Computers do you have in your HomeNetwork?

2. What are the Operating Systems of each including the SPs?

3.How have you set up the HomeNetwork?

a. Peer to Peer? or
b. Host Client type?

4. Please provide the items listed under This connection uses the following items: in your Local Area Connection Properties dialog box. [ To open Local Area Connection Properties , RIGHT-click Local Area Connection>Properties]

5. Is the My Network Places icon missing in all the networked PCs in your LAN or only in one machine?


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November 20, 2005 at 06:40:32


Here are the answers to your questions and I
appreciate the help very much. This one has
me really baffled.

1. I have four computers hooked to my LAN
router. Only two are in the same workgroup.
Two PCs are wireless coupled to the router and two are hard-wired.

2. Three PCs use XP PRO and one is W2K.
All SPs are installed.

3. The network is a simple PC-router-WAN DSL
setup - nothing exotic. I previously used the
standard methods to search for and "share" files and folders and printers between two of the PCs.

4. Here is a listing of the connection items:
Client for Microsoft Networks
File and printer sharing for MS networks
QoS Packet Planner
Network Monitor driver
AEGIS Protocol (IEEE802.1x) v
IBM Personal Communications LLC2 driver
Internet Protocol TCP/IP

That's nothing exotic I think.

5. "Network Places" is missing in the explorer only on one PC, an IBM ThinkPad and
this error only started some weeks ago.

As I said, the only way I got the icon onto the desktop was by manually doing this from the START menu - click "show on desktop" option for the network icon. If I select the "explore" option on a right-mouse click on the icon I see a "normal" explorer panel with "Network Neighborhood" in the left-hand panel.

Thanks for the additional effort here.


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November 22, 2005 at 08:09:47

After exhausting ALL the suggestions from MS KB and other places I stumbled on a WWW site and there I found a script to restore the My Network Places icon/tree.
On top of that I was able to fix the clobbered "help" function in XP that quit working with another of his scripts.

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