internet connection sharing area disappeared from the advanced tab

The title says everything
I used to have a an area in the advanced tab of  my local area connection properties to allow other users to connect through this computer's internet connection.
Same as this: http://www.microsoft.com/library/media/1033/windowsxp/images/using/networking/expert/ICS_02.jpg
The connection was remaining shared (the icon was shown with a HAND symbol) and I couldn't disable the sharing so I uninstalled the NIC adapter and after reinstalling it, the HAND icon was gone but I could not re-enable the sharing again, as I described above, the sharing area is not there and I'm totally F... up finding a solution

PLEASE HELP ME
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hoomanvAsked:
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Erik BjersPrincipal Systems AdministratorCommented:
first make sure your NIC drivers are up to date
and take a look at this link http://support.microsoft.com/kb/897616

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hoomanvAuthor Commented:
I've just installed the latest driver and restarted the system, nothing changed

The link you posted does not apply to me, since I'm on XP SP2 and have not installed active directory at all

Still waiting for someone to come up with a solution and I'll give him 500
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Erik BjersPrincipal Systems AdministratorCommented:
sorry that one may not help either

do you have any firewalls installed?
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hoomanvAuthor Commented:
Yes I have firewall, and I had it the first time I turned on the ICS, I also tried turning it off but it didn't help
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Erik BjersPrincipal Systems AdministratorCommented:
I'll have to research some more and get back to you.

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hoomanvAuthor Commented:
Hey Congratulations

Your last link has got a link to a tutorial that helped me restore the ICS area back
http://www.wifizard.com/tutorialsXP/gbt-solution/index.htm

However, the workaround is somehow ridicules
I think this is a bug and microsoft should fix it, SOMEONE PLEASE NOTIFY THEM

I hope this problem never happens again, so I wouldn't have to do the above fix each time
I'll wait some more days for other solutions, otherwise all the points will be your's

Thanks anyway
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Erik BjersPrincipal Systems AdministratorCommented:
Glad you got it working... and yes M$ sucks some times...

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