Connected to Internet but Taskbar Icon Shows "No Connection" Icon

By teaisgood04 ·
Tags: Networking

The problem is that the network icon in the taskbar is showing a globe with a no signal icon, meaning that it is not detecting that there is, in fact, internet. I am 100% able to use the internet on this computer, but for some reason, the computer is unable to detect that it has internet.

I have been dealing with this since January and I still have not found a solution. I have a new desktop that I use for gaming and college. I got all the parts in December and made it. There was no internet problem until January.

I have reinstalled my network drivers, tried troubleshooting (it would recommend a network reset which I have done multiple times), tried wired and wireless connection, moving my computer, creating a new user, reinstalling windows, and I using commands with command prompt.

I am using windows 10 education (because it was free from my college store). I am using a wired connection, and I have tried using a usb wireless adapter.

I have no idea what to do anymore. It isn't bad that this is happening, but I cannot update windows, download Apex Legends launcher, use spotify, or use Word because these applications think I am offline. I am typing this on my computer while playing an online game. I just wish I could actually use spotify, play games that I want to try, and use Word for my college work.

This only affects my computer and no one else's device in the house, and I live with 4 other people. I would appreciate any help, even if it does not work. I am really getting tired of this.

Edit: Clarification of the problem.

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Try this first,

by wizard57m_cnet Moderator In reply to Connected to Internet but ...

if it doesn't work, we'll try another "fix"...
Restarting Windows Explorer

Launch the Windows Task Manager by using the keyboard combinations Ctrl + Shift + Esc or right-clicking on the taskbar and then selecting ‘Task Manager’
In the ‘Processes or Details’ tab, find ‘Explorer’
Right-click Windows Explorer or explorer.exe and then select Restart.

Should work...if not, then this:
Right-click on the taskbar and select Settings
Scroll down to the Notification area section and select ‘Turn system icons on or off’’
Look for Network and toggle the switch next to it on.

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Did not work

by teaisgood04 In reply to Try this first,

Hello thanks for the reply.

I tried this and it did not work. I restarted windows explorer and the network icons multiple times.

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Try this...

by wizard57m_cnet Moderator In reply to Did not work

Enable WiFi icon from Settings

1.Press Windows Key + I open Settings then click on Personalization.

select personalization in Windows Settings

2.From the left-hand menu select Taskbar.

3.Scroll down to bottom then under Notification area click on “Turn system icons on or off.“

Click Turn system icons on or off

4.Make sure the toggle for Network or WiFi is enabled, if not click on it to enable it.

Make sure the toggle for Network or WiFi is enabled, if not click on it to enable it

5.Press back arrow then under the same heading click on “Select which icons appear on the taskbar.“

Select which icons appear on the taskbar

6.Make sure Network or Wireless is set to enable.

Make sure Network or Wireless is set to enable

7.Restart your PC to save changes and see if you’re able to Fix WiFi Icon Missing From Taskbar In Windows 10.

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Clarification of the problem

by teaisgood04 In reply to Try this...


I believe you are misunderstanding the problem, which is 150% my fault, but, I do need to clarify it. So, the network icon is showing up on the taskbar, but it is the symbol representing "not connected" rather than "connected". For some reason, the computer cannot detect that it has internet, which is affecting some applications in an unhelpful way.

Thanks for continuing to reply.

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Couple more things to try...

Restart Network Services

1.Press Windows Key + R then type services.msc and hit Enter.

2.Find the below-listed services then make sure they are running by right-clicking on each of them and selecting Start:

Remote procedure call
Network Connections
Plug and Play
Remote Access Connection Manager

3.Once you have started all the services, again check if the WiFi icon is back or not.

Restore missing wireless icon

1.From the taskbar click on the small “up arrow” which shows system tray notifications and check if WiFi icon is hidden there.

2.Sometimes the Wifi icon is accidentally dragged to this area and in order to fix this issue simply drag the icon back to its original place.

3.Reboot your PC to save changes.

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Did Not Work

by BalooBearUSA In reply to Couple more things to try ...

I have the exact same problem, I'm connected to the internet wirelessly, however the system tray icon shows the globe, also the text label for the globe shows "No internet, secured".

Running troubleshooter once fixed the icon once by resetting internet connections. However, trying this again, reported no internet issues found.

I'm running Windows 10 Pro, version 2004, 6/4/2020, OS build 19041.207.

This only just started happening after the recent windows update.

Note: I have tried all the suggestions here to date, but none of them have worked.

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Win10 2004 network icon tray area problem.

by robnunin In reply to Did Not Work

Also on my recently updated company laptop isn't working.
It is connected to the Internet, but network icon in tray area still show the "globe".
Moreover, Settings>Network&Internet shows in red "No Internet access".
Any attempt listed above wasn't successfull.
Before to upgrade, both eth card and wifi-cars were used also by Hyper-V to connects some VM I have on the laptop.
Even removing these two "bindings" has solved the "visual" issue.

Windows 10 2004 build 19041.264

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Globe sign problem

by Ajey47 In reply to Win10 2004 network icon t ...

Go to registry editor
Open- enableactiveprobing

Change value data from 0 to 1

Ok and restart

It worked for me ....

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Globe in Taskbar

by blutut12 In reply to Globe sign problem

Good job - it worked for me!

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Great !

by alejandralis In reply to Globe sign problem

The only way that worked with me.

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