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How can the Windows Network Neighborhood icon be restored if it is missing?
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Q. "The Network Neighborhood icon is missing from my Windows 98 computer; how do I get it back on here?"
A. The Network Neighborhood feature can disappear from a Windows computer for several reasons. Even in cases when Windows networking is installed, programs like TweakUI for Windows 98 can be used by a system administrator to hide Network Neighborhood... (see below)
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"The Network Neighborhood on my wife's Windows 95 PC doesn't make any connections. When I double-click on Entire Network, I get the message that it 'is unable to browse' and 'cannot access the network.'"
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... . To restore the Network Neighborhood icon, first open Control Panel to check for the presence of TweakUI, and use it if available. Otherwise, go to the Network section of Control Panel and reinstall the "Client for Microsoft Windows." In newer versions of Windows such as Windows 2000, one can alternatively use the Add/Remove Windows Components feature of Control Panel to install the Windows "Networking Services."

Should these remedies fail, most likely an advanced network setting exists in the Windows Registry. If the following value exists, it is safe to remove it to restore Network Neighborhood:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\ Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\NoNetHood

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