In XP it was as simple as right clicking the nic icon near the clock and selecting status, why is this excellent and user friendly feature taken away from us in vista and windows 7? Why are we forced to beat about the bush to do simple useful tasks? As a network Administrator this is extremely frustrating as its so useful a feature when troubleshooting tcp/ip settings, now it just takes longer to do the same thing. Is there away to add nic status in the right click menu of the nic icon through a registry hack? My only work around has been the shortcut to the nic as a toolbar in the taskbar, another aanoyance as with xp it would of been a simple drag and drop onto the task bar, but in windows 7 half the stuff I would like to pin to the taskbar I can't and so have to stuff around making toolbars, unbelievable, I thought advancement in technology was to make everything more user friendly, not the otherway round, who are these clowns at microsoft, maybe they're all lin8ux and mac closet cases, sabotaging windows ass much as they can get away with?