JSI Tip 6523. How do I troubleshoot missing Network and Dial-Up Connections icons in Windows 2000?

Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 329050 contains the following summary:

This article describes troubleshooting methods that you can use to resolve missing Network and Dial-up Connections icons. The following issues may occur if you click Start , point to Settings , and then double-click Network and Dial-up Connections or if you right-click My Network Places on the desktop and then click Properties .

The Local Area Connection icon is missing.
The dial-up connection icons are missing.
The Make New Connection wizard icon is missing.
Only the Make New Connection icon appears, or one or more dial-up connections also appear.
If you click the Advanced menu, and then click Advanced Settings , only the \[Remote Access connections\] entry appears in the Connections pane.
The Network and Dial-up Connections Explorer quits responding (hangs) after you select a network connection and then click Properties .
Notwithstanding these issues, networking continues to function correctly, and the Ipconfig command still shows all connection and adapter information.

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