Display Network Errors Tweak

If you want to get a quick check of network problems on your computer then you can check the status of packets in error. By default, only the numbers of  bytes received and sent are displayed in the Local Area Connection Status window but you can have the number of errors displayed as well. With this registry tweak you can display an errors counter below the sent and received numbers.

To start the registry editor, type regedit in the Start menu search text box and press enter.

You need to add the key StatMon under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Network\Connections and create the REG_DWORD ShowLanErrors with a value of 1:

  • Hive: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
  • Key: SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Network\Connections\StatMon
  • Value Name: ShowLanErrors
  • DWORD Value: 0 = default, 1 = enable error count

When enabling this feature you can anticipate adapter or network problems if the number of error bytes is high or abnormal when compared to other workstations. In a corporate network environment multiple workstations with high numbers of errors indicate that a network switch or a common device as the cause of the problem.

A word of caution – incorrectly editing the registry may severely damage your system. The above modifications are intended for Windows advanced users who are familiar with the registry editor. Users are also reminded to take a backup of the registry before making any critical changes.

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