JSI Tip 8092. How do I troubleshoot missing network and dial-up connections icons in Windows XP and Windows Server 2003?

Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 825826 contains the following summary:

This article describes troubleshooting methods that you can use to resolve a case of missing network and dial-up connections icons. One or more of the following issues may occur if you click Start , point to and click Control Panel , and then double-click Network Connections , or if you right-click My Network Places on the desktop and then click Properties :

The LAN or High-Speed Internet connection icon is missing.
The Dial-up Connection icons are missing.
The New Connection Wizard icon is missing.
Only the New Connection Wizard 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 list.
The Network Connections window stops responding ("hangs") or closes immediately after you select a network connection and then click Properties .
Despite these issues, networking continues to function correctly, and the ipconfig command still shows all connection and all adapter information.

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