Windows XP has a user friendly feature to play with the network settings, I mean the most common operations like enabling and disabling network can be easily done by right clicking on the network icon in the system tray


But whenever I started testing on Vista platforms initially I used to have a tough time in doing the network related things  since it  takes a lengthy process (have to go through Network and Sharing Center screen first, then from there have to go through Manage Network Connections again)

So here is a user friendly steps that you need to make the things easier in Windows Vista.. and here it goes...
  • Right click on the desktop and select New and then Shortcut.
  • Paste explorer.exe ::{7007ACC7-3202-11D1-AAD2-00805FC1270E}      
  • Type in Network Connections as the name and Finish.

    Hope you get better use from it...