Remove/Restore Dial-up Networking Icon

by Wayne Maples [Published on 20 April 2004 / Last Updated on 20 April 2004]

Use the following to Remove and later Restore Dial-up Networking Icon in Windows NT.
  • Start regedit, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\
  • to be able to restore the Dial-up Networking Icon
    • choose Registry, Export Registry File.
    • name the file DialUpIcon and click Save.
      You can use this file later to reinstall your Dial-Up Networking icon.
  • to hide the dial-up icon, click on key {a4d92740-67cd-11cf-96f2-00aa00a11dd9} and press Delete to delete the key.
  • choose Registry, Exit to close RegEdit.
When you check My Computer, you should no longer have a Dial-Up Networking icon. If the icon is still visible, restart the computer. You can still use all your dial-up connections, but without the icon you can't add or delete connections.

To Restore the Dial-Up Networking icon, run DialUpIcon.reg. You may need to restart your computer to see the icon.

Spend a lot of time on the Internet via a modem and you lose track of how long you've been connected. Double-click on the icon that looks like little monitors located on the taskbar. The message box will tell you the Duration time, that is, the amount of time the current connection has been active. Note: If you're connected via LAN, this icon won't appear on your taskbar because it's a modem-only icon.

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