'Blank' network connections folder, Windows 7

By Marty9231
Dec 5, 2011
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  1. Hi,

    So my problem is obviously that the entire 'Network Connections' folder is empty. There is simply nothing. Also, in the bottom right corner of my screen, the little 'internet' monitor has a big red cross in it. I DO have internet capabilities though. I can connect to any network and use internet just like on any other machine.

    I've had this issue for about a week now, and I have done everything to try and resolve it. Googling the issue came up with a huge number of possible solutions, because apparently it is a common problem. I will now make a list with all the things I have tried so far:

    1) I tried to register three .dll files using cmd like this:

    regsvr32 netshell.dll
    regsvr32 netcfgx.dll
    regsvr32 netman.dll

    After which I rebooted my computer. The result was the same, still a blank page.

    2) I tried the 'sfc /scannow' command in cmd, which seems to have replaced and/or fixed some files, but again still a blank page.

    3) I checked msconfig, windows startup and any other place to see if all checkboxes where checked as needed and everything was in the right place, and it all was.

    4) Finally, I downloaded 'Process Monitor' and executed these steps.

    My problem with the last fix was that where I should've found a specific 'svchost.exe' with the filters "PID = 964" and "Process Name = svchost.exe", I didn't and instead I got a completely empty list. (Since I don't really understand what I'm doing here, maybe I'm doing it wrong. Maybe some guidance would help me with these steps.)

    None of above fixes have worked for me. I'm at a complete loss of what to do and could really use some help.

  2. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    Try once more. Delete all remnants of the existing install. Reboot, and re-install using the downloaded update install software.
  3. Marty9231

    Marty9231 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 141

    Which 'install' are you referring to? If you mean process monitor, what 'update install software'?

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