I am a qualified computer scientist so have tried all the standard fixes, run spyware/virus programs but I just cant think or dont know enough about windows networking to solve this annoying problem.!!
I am using a laptop with XP professional with a wireless connection, but i dont think this is relevant to this problem, just letting you know! If i boot the computer into safe mode i can access all my network shares as you would expect, connect to internet, all is fine. If i boot normally i can still see internet, but i cannot access my network shares on other computers?? However I can still access the shared folders on my laptop from another computer on the network.
The specific error is '\\computername incorrect function' where computername is obviously my computer name! it then changes when trying to connect to a share again to 'the network location cannot be reached'. This also applies when trying to open the shared folder on the laptop?