All Network Adapters Inoperable in XP

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Nothing in under my network adapters is working, I can't uninstall/update/re install them.

I tried safe mode
I tried to manually remove it's related files under INF and sys32/drivers
I tried repair installation

Windows restore was disabled =/

Nothing works! any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
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Do they appear in device manager and in the networks tab?

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they all appear in device manager with an yellow exclamation mark, networks tab?
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http://support.kaspersky.com/faq/?qid=208280684

Run this to make sure you don't have an infected tcpip.sys, which could render all nic related drivers non functional...

Could explain why the restor didn't work....

Should also have some "Service Control Manager" errors in the System log, indicating some services failing.....

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If they have a yellow exclamation point, they have a device problem.  When you open it, you can try windows troubleshooter, or just delete the device from device manager by highlighting it and pressing delete.  Then, select your computer name from the top of the console, and on the menu of icons on the top select scan for hardware changes.  That will force a reinstall.  Just make sure you have the drivers you need.

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I reformatted the computer instead of trying to figure out the problem because it is much faster and easier.

Thanks for all the help, the virus scan was inclusive and no I cannot delete the device from device manager as I mentioned from the original post.
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I wish you wouldnt have done that,m as there are simple methods to deleting a device from the registry....

This is more of an FYI as of this point though.....

Manually remove a Hardware Device and its Drivers from Windows
http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Windows/XP/A_852-Manually-remove-a-Hardware-Device-and-its-Drivers-from-Windows.html

Glad you are fixed....

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