I just came across this problem the other day when troubleshooting ICS in my home network. It seems my network and dial-up folder is completely empty. Theres not the even "make new connection shortcut." When I open Network places I can still see my home network and all of that just fine. I can even still access the internet and other computer the same as normal. I havent been able to find anything about this on MS's website and have only come across another person having the same problem (quoted below). If anyone can help me out on this, Id really appreciate it. Windows 2000 Pro w/all updates as of today. Thanks
"Hello All, I searched the archive and went back 12 pages and didn't find
anything relevent. Sorry if this has been answered, but it seems like a
weird one to me. I'm not sure what happened, but the other day when I booted
up my Windows 2k box, everything in the 'Network and Dial-up Connections'
folder was gone. Even the shortcut/icon to 'Make New Connection' was
missing. However, all the relevent info was still available. (I.E. when I
connected the machine to the network at work, all the settings were still
there-connected to the 'net just fine; and when I used IE to access a web
page, it asked if I wanted to connect to the Internet, I said Yes, and it
dutifully dialed up my ISP. Also, when I went to IE's Internet Options and
looked under the Connections tab all my modem dial-up settings were there.)
It seems like everything is still there and just the shortcuts in the
'Network and Dial-up Connections' folder were deleted. So, I went to the
recycle bin, but nothing was there. In any case, anyone know where I can
look to find the actual config/settings so I can recreate the shortcuts?
(For a while, I thought maybe the files were there but hidden, but I
couldn't find anything that would confirm that suspition.) "