"Microsoft WIndows network" isn't there

I have a home network with all XP Pro machines using a workgroup.  From one laptop I can access existing network places on other computers.  But when I browse "Entire Network" the "Microsoft Windows Network" is simply missing.  "Microsoft Terminal Services" and "Web Client Network" are present.  The other computer have all three.

"Client for microsoft networks" is installed (correct term?) on the network adapter that is in use.

Any idea how to get Microsoft Windows Network back?

Many thanks
Quentin
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thstephConnect With a Mentor Commented:
one more solution:
Change the computer to a different workgroup. This should cause the "Computers Near Me" group to be re-created. Then, change the workgroup back to the original workgroup.

please post results
regards
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thstephCommented:
... "on the network adapter that is in use" ...
do you have more than one adapters?
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quentinpAuthor Commented:
Well I have a LAN, WiFi and aircard
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thstephCommented:
are you sure bout the Client for microsoft networks?
cause, most of the times is not required, hence removed. is it checked?
that's the only reason I can think of!

also check the registry here:
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\
Explorer]
any dword(s) there?
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johnb6767Commented:
Also, check the following Services in start>run>services.msc

Computer Browser
Workstation
Server (shouldnt affect your problem, but if the others are disabled, this one might be too....)

Make sure they arent disabled, and that they are set to Auto, and running....
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johnb6767Connect With a Mentor Commented:
May as well add the NetLogon service in that list as well...
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MrMintanetCommented:
What are you trying to do?  Aside from seeing the "network" option.  Can you ping other computer within the network?  
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thstephCommented:
cheers :)
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