Tonite, I went to install a new PCI-E Firewire card into my desktop running Windows 7 Ultimate X64 and I had to install the most recent critical updates before shutting down.
Foolishly, I did not boot up after the updates, to verify my OS's integrity..I just installed the card and booted up. The card installed just fine, but now I have no network config. Odd, eh?
While troubleshooting, I changed slots and eventually removed the card. I also performed a system restore to a point prior to this evening. Still, I can not see my adapters from ipconfig. I can, however, see the adapters in the Control Panel, and I see they still have their configs.
I removed and reinstalled the adapters to no avail. I installed a wireless adapter, and even was able to see my router, and authenticate and establish a connection, but nothing in ipconfig.
It looks like my stack is hosed...any idea what I can do next? Can one reinstall "Networking" on a Windows 7 host? I hesitate booting off the emergency CD and doing anything drastic if there is a more simple solution I can consider.