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Network Places shortcuts and Save As in any application - no shortcuts

Hello all,

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.  

Thanks!
Steve
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First off, the Save As feature will only supply a list of physical or virtual drives and their folders..

In order to use the save ass and see the networked folder, you have to map it as a network drive.

To do so, navigate to the folder and right click the folder and select "map as a network drive"

The save as list is populated in Registry. This shows you the syntax and easiest ways to edit the default "places bar"

 http://windowsxp.mvps.org/PlacesBar.htm
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I was wondering the same thing, if it had to be Mapped.  But, if you look at the screenshot that I attached, the left side of the picture is his local, affected PC.  You can clearly see that in Network Places is the newly created shortcut, and then at the top in the Notepad Save As dialog box it doesn't appear.   But on the right side of the picture is his login on a remote computer with the same scenario and on the Save As screen you can see the newly created network places shortcut.  Reimaging the PC is an option but would be a last resort type deal and one we don't really want to do.

This is so puzzling...
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