Long story as short as possible.
The Network connections Icons are gone... there are NONE.
Our client bought the pc in so we can rebuild it into a new box mobo and cpu.
We made backups before starting anything.
Everything was sucessful.
We then discovered that there were no network connection icons whatsoever.
The OS is Windows XP Home Edition SP3.
Making a new network connection doesnt work, it says it was successful but no icon is shown.
We followed several microsoft related kb's step by step to no avail.
We ran Virus and Malware scans.
We ran the hotfix given by M$ but it gave an error saying that SP3 is already installed.
We re-enabled and started services recomended by Microsoft in their kb's.
IP resetting and various other CMD commands dont work even in safemode with administator account.
It gives Access Denied.
But the says that it ran successfully.
Permissions were changed so that everyone(admin/users) had full control(just for fixing the problem).
Event viewer showed a few instances of DCOM giving errors as well as dchp.
Currently I am able to browse the net with the computer but mail is a big problem.
The install is OEM (we checked).
PLEASE any ideas or fixes etc are more than welcome