Here's our Windows XP Tip for.. August 18, 2004
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Rebuilding the Neighborhood
In the last tip, we discussed a REG file designed to remove the Network Neighborhood icon from your desktop. What if you decide you want it back? As with all other REG files, you can easily reverse the actions of Net.reg. All you have to do is create a new REG file that resets the key.

Here's the original REG file:

REGEDIT4

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer] "NoNetHood"=dword:1

If you set dword to 0 (zero), the Network Neighborhood icon will reappear. Modify the existing REG file as shown here. As before, the line numbers are there to help you see what goes on separate lines--do not enter the line numbers.

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[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer] "NoNetHood"=dword:0

Choose File, Save As and name the file NetOn.reg. Save the file and then double-click its icon to merge it with the Registry. Restart the computer; the Network Neighborhood icon will appear on your desktop, ready for action.