I have a Win2k Server with SP4 and most current MS updates installed. A peculiar problem has arisen which is that the Network and Dial-Up connections folder is completely empty. i.e. you cannot even see the Make new Connection option. Even the information window on the left which describes the folder is missing. A search through the registry seems to show that all the information is still there, and there are no problems accessing the server. However it is obviously impossible to change the properties of the LAN connection.
No errors are reported when opening the applet. I have tried replacing the ncpa.cpl file with a known good copy - no luck. I have also run sfc /scannow which did not find any problems. Any suggestions appreciated.