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This is something that has bothered me for a while. When you open your active Network Connection in Windows (Pre-Vista) and display the Status dialog, it will show you the IP, hours online etc and below the "nice" animation there is a display of either Transmitted and Received Bytes or Transmitted and Received Packets.

What determines which it chooses? Is it the network driver? Is it random? :)

Please enlighten me. :)

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These statistics are driver related. It may change when you update your NIC driver.

Microsoft Help and Support

From the website:

The statistics that are displayed in the activity panel are adapter-specific statistics. These statistics are not a function of the operating system. The network interface vendor determines what statistics to report on the network interface.

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