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Cannot start "Network Connections" Service, Cannot open Network and Sharing Centre

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I have a HP Notebook with Windows Vista Business SP 1. After SP 1 was installed all my problems started. At first it looked though my Network Connection is not connected, but i could receive mail, Skype was working but no internet. Then after a while mail and Skype also stopped working. Now nothing is working over the network, cant even browse my local network. But I can ping the internet fine.

I aslo cant view the "Installed Updates" in  "Programs and Features". Aslo my Media Player stopped working, it opens, but the moment you click on any chages it just hangs. So I tried a "System Restore" but was unable to do this. If however I go into Safe Mode, everything works fine.

I then did a Systems recovery with HP's Recovery. This solved my problem until the next day when al was up and running and installed. As before all of the above problems started again, and now I am back to square one. Only this time I can do a system restore and it works but only until tomorrow when it restarted, then same thing over again. I disabled Windows Updates cause I thought it could have downloaded some update that is doing all this. But no update is installed and it still occurs.

Please help I am at my end with this Vista, makes me wonder why Bill Gates is not in my office so that I can shout at him!!!!!!

Gaaf

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If everything works fine in Safe mode, you could try replicating what safe mode does but in normal Windows... i.e. Disable as many services as possible, and stop as many start up processes as possible.

You can do all this using msconfig (just type it and press Enter in the Vista search tool in the Start Menu) under the Services and Startup tabs. You can either try this with the PC in it's current state, and see if everything starts working again, or do a system restore, then do it, and see if the problem occurs again or not.

Either way, is stripping everything down to a basic Vista eliminates the problem, you then need to start re-enabling services either one by one or in small groups, and testing each time you make any changes. (This may be quite a long process in your case, as you may need to leave it a day after each change before you can be sure the problem isn't coming back at that point).

Once the problem does return, you can assume that whatever your last change was is the cause.

Also, does the system restore point include the installation of SP1? Or was the restore point before you installed it?

Thanks,

Pete
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Oh and forgot to mention that when you disable everything, you will need to restart before a lot of your changes will take effect, so don't assume that everything should just start working as soon as you've made the changes... :)
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