The network location cannot be reached

Posted on 2007-08-01
Last Modified: 2012-08-14
I have a laptop were I can't get access to a share on the network.

I get a mesage "The network location cannot be reached"

A registry setting keep missing its data, even when I replace it. And everytime I boot it is gone.

TransportBindName = \Device\

Question by:QC20N
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    Accepted Solution

    1) Do a TCPIP fix first
     TCPIP fixes reset NIC and TCPIP

    What I like to do on any network problem....Is to reset it ALL....

    netsh int ip reset reset.log
    netsh firewall reset
    netsh winsock reset

    Then remove ALL NIC's from the device manager..
    In the Device Manager, select View>Show Hidden Devices

    (If the Show Hidden devices is not presetn, do the following command from a command prompt..)

    set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1

    More information on that command here....
    Device Manager does not display devices that are not connected to the Windows XP-based computer

    Go back to Network Adapters, and make sure your adapters are all gone, including any older ones. (there will be several ' miniport' devices that are not able to be uninstalled....)
    Once they are all gone, reboot and let Windows reinstall them...

    Thats a total rebuild of your network connections, to hopefully correct any problems with Basic connectivity.

    2) If that does not fix it then do a

    SFC /scannow from a DOS box

    3) Try using a new windows User profile.

    4) If that does not work, I would do a repair install

    I hope this helps !
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    Expert Comment

    ANy progress on this ?


    Author Comment

    I tried your solution, but that didn't work. I had the same problem on many forums and what that did the fix it was this. I only got to number 2. But I will try your solution if I get the same problem again. It seems that there is more solutions on the same problem.

    1. (NB This will not work on windows 2000) Click start > run >type sfc /scannow {enter} and have your windows CD handy.

    2. Search your hard drive for the "ie.inf" file (Usually in windows\inf\ or winnt\inf) When you have found it right click it and select install. Then reboot. [Running this from command line does the same "rundll32.exe setupapi,InstallHinfSection DefaultInstall 132 %windir%\Inf\ie.inf"]

    3. Still not working? Click Start > settings >control Panel >Add/Remove Programs > internet explorer. Press the Change/Remove button (In windows 9X the button is Add/Remove). If you've upgraded IE you can revert to the previous version by selecting "Restore the previous Windows Configuration" but more often you will need "Repair Internet Explorer", then click OK. Reboot.

    4. Still not working? Click Start >Run >type regedit {enter} Navigate to the following key, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Active Setup \ Installed Components \ {89820200-ECBD-11cf-8B85-00AA005B4383} In the right hand pane find the value "IsInstalled" right click it, select modify, then change it to 0 (that's a Zero!).
    You can now download and reinstall Internet Explorer (Links below).
    NB. If you want to reinstall Outlook Express at the same time perform the same action on this registry key. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Active Setup \ Installed Components \ {44BBA840-CC51-11CF-AAFA-00AA00B6015C}

    Expert Comment

    SysExpert, a big thanks to you! I was getting the above mentioned "The network location cannot be reached" error when attempting to \\ into my NAS samba share, but only from one particular XP install. After your 1), it's working like a charm.

    Just wanted to drop a note saying thanks. :)


    Expert Comment

    This solved my problem too SysExpert you are good.

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