Get the XP/Vista style 2-monitor Network Activity Indicator in Windows 7

Remember the XP days when the network activity icon was a pair of monitors and they used to blink ?  It also had its own advantages. Like when we used to hover the mouse over it, we immediately used to get the details about sent and received bytes. Windows 7 chose to replace this network activity indicator!

If you really miss this, don’t worry ! Windows 7 will allow you to install a Network Activity Indicator that will exactly look like the one you had in Windows Vista and Windows XP .

Network Activity Indicator displays the old ‘two monitors’ icon in Windows 7 that flashed blue to show network activity on the System Tray.

Unlike the original Windows XP utility (that has individual indicators for each interface), this program indicates outgoing and incoming network packets on all available interfaces.

After you’ve downloaded it, install it with you preferences, i.e. whether you want a shortcut icon or not, where you want to install it, etc.

Once you’ve installed it, the Network Activity Indicator will appear in your notification area.. This indicator has its own advantages:

  • It tells you whether you are connected to a Network or not in a single glance.
  • It automatically detects your network and provides useful information.
  • You can easily access all your network settings just by a single click.

This little application also has loads of settings and provides numerous details which would appeal to a tech enthusiast!

Have a look at the screenshots and you will know exactly what it is:

Download : Network Activity Indicator for Windows 7.

If you face any problems while installing or while using, let me know!

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  1. Cool app..
    Hope the icons would be the same style in Vista not XP style.. 🙂

  2. Another application is NetAnimate, program that indicates network activity

    screenshot –

  3. RigvedS@TWC

    @ yethz –
    you can do that ! you do it by going to ” Settings ” and then select ” Use Vista Style icons ” 🙂

  4. RigvedS@TWC

    @ Shedko –
    thats also a great app ! thanks for sharing it at TWC 😀

  5. tuxplorer

    But it doesn’t support indicating internet connectivity with a globe overlay icon meaning I can’t turn off the Windows 7 network icon entirely.

  6. RigvedS@TWC

    @ tuxplorer, thats true, this doesnt disable the default Windows 7 network activity icon 🙁

  7. Medievil_0ne

    I know this is old, but simply remove the icon (taskbar/properties/notification the customize button)

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