This is on Windows XP Pro with SP3 installed.
On the affected machine, if I go to Network Places and "add a network place" and go through the wizard, it shows up fine in Network Places and I am able to use as intended.
However, if I go to any application, Word / Notepad / Wordpad, and I want to "Save As" and go to Network Places, the new "network place" does not show up.
The only folders that are listed are ones that are folders in %userprofile%\nethood directory with target.lnk files in them. Where those folders and files came from is a mystery to us. We did not create them. Did a previous Network Place get converted to the target.lnk file?
At first I thought it was an Office problem, but then discovered it didn't matter what application I was using.
In Network Places, those two folders actually look different, too. One looks like an open manilla folder and the other is a closed one.
I've read dozens of posts on what the cause could be, from changing your antivirus to not protect networks, to uninstalling KB980232, to changing something in the registry.
I'm hoping that anyone here might be able to solve this.