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Blank Device Manager

I am on sp2, everything was fine after the upgrade for about 2 weeks.

Today I noticed after new logon that I don't have network icon on sys tray and my device manager is blank.

I do have internet but I don't see the lan in network connections.

Also My computer is slow to show disks and some other programs are slow in file operations.

I attempted restore to previous point but same problem. I also executed sfc /scannow. Opened New user, tried in Safe mode, checked that Plug&Play is in auto mode, checked msconfig - but nothing restore device manager to show devices.
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Check if any chance this patch might help

This is the patch for SP2 ..

Looks like you have multiple problems.. Have you tried to repair XP to see if that would help .

For network icon in system tray , have you checked going here
right-click on Start button
go to properties
go to taskbar
and click on customize under hide inactive icons and checked the behavior for the network icon..

Also check for spywares and virus and see if that would help


Some of the experts here have helped in compiling all the important spyware tools and they are listed in this thread

My recommendation would be to start with spybot ,ad-ware ,CWshredder and get the log from Hijackthis and save the log and paste it here http://hijackthis.de/index.php?langselect=english to analyze it  

After installing them, First Update them and then run

virus scanner:

YossiatAuthor Commented:
Performed the same restore again and now it is ok
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Try restarting the machine and work on it for some more time to see if the problem comes back.
If not , do come and close the question
YossiatAuthor Commented:
Thank you for the assistance. System ok. The only issue is a printing problem from iExplorer ( 6 xp sp2).
When I try to print I get a message :

Script Error
"Class Doesn't support Automation"
URL: res://C\Windows\system32\shdoclc.dll/preview.dlg
Aland CoonsSystems EngineerCommented:
Try my "holy grail of printer driver tool."

PRUNINST from HP - works on everything

Remove your printer drivers (all of them) and reinstall only the ones you need

You can get them from my page here:
http://members.cox.net/alandc/pruninst.exe -and-

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