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Network Tasks; View status of this connection not working

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When I right-click and select Status (in Network Tasks) on the Connection Icon, the Status Context Menu does not display. It does work in Safe Mode.  I've seen other folks posting a similar problem, and wonder if there is a fix, OTHER THAN reloading XP?  I have another one in the Display Properties: When I click on the Desktop tab, I am unable to change anything (wallpaper). Perhaps these two are related.
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by:johnb6767
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Do you get errors?
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by:johnb6767
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What about when you double click the connection, nothing?
start>run>regsvr32 netshell.dll
Reboot and retest....
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by:aabdelsalam
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I guess your XP is infected with a system  threat. ( Please use NOD32 for example in order to test your system )

You may use the following link :
http://www.eset.com/onlinescan/

Do you have other admin priviledge problems other than changing the wallpaper and the network as well ?
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I believe this computer was infected, and the remedy left these items not functioning as expected.
I haven't been able to find a registry restore option for the basic windows functions. I don't want to change drivers, but perhaps the policies or default settings are not correct.

Is there a default set of registry entries (.REG) that could be imported to set the windows functions back to "normal".  Other than hardware driver and third party software settings, I would like the registry reset.
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by:aabdelsalam
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I may suggest a System Restore to previous working point if SR is available
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That doesn't fix the problem. It's funny, but I've found several people on the web with exactly the same problem, and no one has an answer to it yet. Reload XP seems to be the pat answer.
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by:aabdelsalam
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could you please try the following command from the Command prompt ?

Start >> Run >> Type " cmd " and Press Enter " >> Then type the following command:

netsh winsock reset

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by:aabdelsalam
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You may try as well from the MSCONFIG to check under the startup tab if there is a strange application or not.

Another question did you Scan your machine as per my request before ? Did you find any infection ?

Regards,
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by:fdipiazza
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No infections at this time, msconfig as been throughly researched, and the winsock reset too, although we have been able to get on the internet.
It seems the apps options in question have been turned off.
The network Status works in Safe mode/networking.
The Display Config (desktop) appears to work in safe mode too, but of course it doesn't remain after a reboot.
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No solutions found...yet
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Hi,
Could you please perform the following commands :

STEP 1
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command prompt>netsh   <ENTER>
netsh>diag   <ENTER>
netsh diag>show test  << Please provide the results.
netsh diag>show all << Please provide the results.
STEP 2
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netsh>winsock
netsh winsock>show mode  << Please provide the results.
netsh winsock>show helper  << Please provide the results.

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I was unable to solve this problem in a timely manner, so a new hard drive was installed, and XP reloaded to factory. Thanks for trying to solve this problem. I see it is a problem others are having. I hope one day we get a solution.
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by:ccsitech09
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this came from
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/85783-45-open-status-network-connection

last post.  weird, but i had the same problem and this fixed it for me.......
-tom






parlins,

Have you fixed the problem yet? If not, I just experienced the
same problem. Here is how I fixed it. I went to start and clicked on
log off. I logged off and logged back on. I then pressed
ctrl-alt-delete to bring the task manager up. Under the processes tab
I clicked on explorer.exe and pressed end process to end the
explorer.exe task from running. Then under the applications tab I
clicked new task, typed in explorer in the box and clicked ok. That
should allow you to view the status dialog box of your local area
connection again. Let me know if it works. Thanks.
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