I like to keep the taskbar (Bottom right, near clock) clutter free of inactive icons. Just acquired new PC, and after installing audio devices, etc, I cannot get rid of the LAN icon with a bold red cross over it.
I have selected ‘Always hide’, in the Taskbar and Start menu Properties. But it reappears on reboot! None of the boxes are checked in LAN settings in Internet Properties.
Right click by the Network Connections on your desktop and select Properties. Select the network connection an right click by it and select Properties again and uncheck the Show Icon in Notification area... checkbox.