OS: Windows XP Media Center Edition, Version 2002, Service Pack 3
PROBLEM: Whenever I navigate to "C:\Documents and Settings\My Profile" (where "My Profile" is my user folder) in Windows Explorer, I receive the following error message:
Internet Connection Error
Your request cannot be completed because the service could
not be found or did not respond. The service might be
experiencing technical difficulties, or you may need to adjust
your network settings.
|Try Again| |Cancel|
I must press "Cancel" three times successively, as three identical error messages pop up. This happens every time this folder is navigated to. It does not happen with any of the other profile folders in "Documents and Settings."
This problem cropped up after I ran the disk cleanup tool and uninstalled unwanted programs and windows components. Chief on my list of suspects are the uninstall of "Outlook" and "HP Customer Participation" (I'm not certain of the exact program name, but the description said it was for HP owners to be included in market research and be informed of special offers). I also uninstalled "Windows Live Messenger," "Sonic RecordNow DVD" and there may have been a few others but the only ones I distinctly recall were programs my mom installed and were not vital or used by other programs.
The windows components I removed were "Internet Games" in the "Games" branch of "Accessories and Utilities."; a couple screen savers and "Windows Dancer" and "Windows Party Mode" under the "Windows Digital Media enhancements" branch; "Windows Messenger."
Intriguingly, when I just opened the Windows Components Wizard to see what I had changed, the "Networking Services" box is shaded and I'm almost certain it was not shaded when I used the Wizard earlier, and I did not make any changes to that branch. I also have no idea what was checked before but currently, "Internet Gateway Device Discovery and Control Client" is the only checked box.
After running the disk clean-up, I defragged this drive, and created a system restore point.
I am now thinking it has something to do with the change to "Networking Services." Again, this only happens in my user folder, and only on that screen. If I were to click on "Application Data" nothing would happen, but if I were to navigate backwards to that screen, the error would pop up 3 times in a row again.
Thank you in advance for your assessment.