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How to Enable or Disable "local access only" Network Icon in Windows 7 and Windows 8


information   Information
Windows includes a feature called Network Connectivity Status Indicator (NCSI), which is part of a broader feature called Network Awareness, that is used to automatically identify the network the PC is connecting to and whether or not it has access to the Internet.

  • By default, the Internet access Name:  Internet_Access.png
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  • By default, the "local access only" (No Internet access) Name:  local_access_only.png
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  • If disabled, the Internet access Name:  Internet_Access.png
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For more detailed information, see: The Network Connection Status Icon - Microsoft Enterprise Networking Team - Site Home - TechNet Blogs


This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable showing the "local access only" network icon when users are not connected to the internet in Windows 7 and Windows 8.

You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial.


EXAMPLE: "local access only" Network icon Enabled and Disabled

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Local Access Only Network Icon - Enable or Disable OPTION ONE Local Access Only Network Icon - Enable or Disable
Enable or Disable "local access only" Network Icon using REG File


Note   Note
The .reg files below are for the registry key and value below.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Network Connections

NC_DoNotShowLocalOnlyIcon DWORD

0 or delete = Enable
1 = Disable


1. Do step 2 or 3 below for what you would like to do.

2. To Enable "local access only" Network Icon
NOTE: This is the default setting.

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Enable_Local_Access_Only_Network_Icon.reg

download

3. To Disable "local access only" Network Icon

A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Disable_Local_Access_Only_Network_Icon.reg

download

4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6. If prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge

7. Restart explorer, sign out and in, or restart the computer to apply.

8. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.







Local Access Only Network Icon - Enable or Disable OPTION TWO Local Access Only Network Icon - Enable or Disable
Enable or Disable "local access only" Network Icon in Group Policy

1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor.

2. If prompted by UAC, then click/tap on Yes.

3. In the left pane, click on to expand Computer Configuration, Administrative Templates, Network, and open Network Connections. (see screenshot below)

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4. In the right pane of Network Connections, double click/tap on Do not show the "local access only" network icon to edit it. (see screenshot above)

5. Do step 6 or 7 below for what you would like to do.

6. To Enable "local access only" Network Icon

A) Select (dot) Disabled or Not Configured, click/tap on OK, and go to step 8 below. (see screenshot below step 7A)
NOTE: Not Configured is the default setting.

7. To Disable "local access only" Network Icon

A) Select (dot) Enabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 8 below. (see screenshot below)

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8. You can now close the Local Group Policy Editor window if you like.


That's it,
Shawn