I'm having problems with my network and windows firewall settings on Windows XP.
1. The "Network Connections" icon in control panel is blank, and if I double-click on it, nothing happens.
2. Windows Firewall is unaccessible. It says "Windows Firewall settings cannot be displayed because the associated service is not running. Do you want to start the Windows Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) service?" If I click "Yes", it says "Windows cannot start the Windows Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) serivce."
3. If I type "ipconfig" in CMD, it doesn't say any information, and says some error message instead, "The application has failed to start because netshell.dll was not found. Re-installing the application may fix this problem."
Because of all this, I am unable to open any ports, however I'm still somehow able to use the internet.
Here's a picture of the errors: http://img235.imageshack.us/img235/9653/networkerrorce9.png
I've had these problems for a few weeks, and I'm not exactly sure what created them, but it may have happened when I installed a second harddrive or when I replaced my motherboard.
Is there any way to fix this without reinstalling Windows?