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Windows 7: Network Connections Empty

30 Mar 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimante x64
Network Connections Empty

Hello All,

I have an issue where I have a red X for my networking in the system tray and my Network Connections is blank and empty. I am able to connect fine to the internet and access to network resources. I need to make adjustments to my NIC cards but they are not visible. They are in device manager and are reporting working fine.

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
RealTek onboard NICís
Latest Bios and NIC Drivers

Here is what I have done so far:

Re registered the following dllís:
regsvr32 netman.dll
regsvr32 netcfgx.dll
regsvr32 netshell.dll
I even unregistered them and the re registered them.

Removed VMWare Workstation

Uninstalled and reinstalled NIC Drivers

I checked the registry and verified that ClassManagers entry was correct:
ClassManagers REG_MULTI_SZ

I ran sfc.exe /scannow

Check DCOM settings were correct

Still the Network Connections are not visible. I have looked over the net for solutions but have found none so farÖ any help or a point in the right direction would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you in advanced


My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Mar 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,

Most likely the red X is showing you that one of your eithernet connections is unplugged. You should be able to go into your network adaptor settings and disable the network adaptor that relates to the red X.

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My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Mar 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimante x64

Thank you chev65 for the reply and the screenshot.

There are 2 NIC's, one is in use and one is disabled through Device Manager. When I open the same dialog box as you mine is blank. So that is more the issue. Thank you chev65 for the reply and the screenshot.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

30 Mar 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,

I'm pretty sure the one that is disabled though Device Manager is the same one causing the red X to appear but I can't say why your working connection isn't showing up in the network connections window. Maybe try enabling the non-working connection again or try rolling the driver back and foward again to see if it changes anything.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Dec 2010   #5

windows 7 pro 32bit
Me Too

Windows 7 Pro, 32-bit, intel mb dg35ec.
I'm having the same symptoms, nothing showing in the Network connections window and the network icon on the Task Bar has a red X, though it does connect and I can access the internet and my network. I've tried removing all cards and different memory sticks, the mb has 1 nic.

I did find that Windows 7 update KB2345886 has failed and I've yet to find a fix for that.
Microsoft Security Advisory (973811)
Extended Protection for Authentication
Published: August 11, 2009 | Updated: December 17, 2010
Version: 1.9
Microsoft is announcing the availability of a new feature, Extended Protection for Authentication, on the Windows platform. This feature enhances the protection and handling of credentials when authenticating network connections using Integrated Windows Authentication (IWA).
The update itself does not directly provide protection against specific attacks such as credential forwarding, but allows applications to opt-in to Extended Protection for Authentication. This advisory briefs developers and system administrators on this new functionality and how it can be deployed to help protect authentication credentials.
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