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Windows Firewall, Ics, Network Connections Unaccessible


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#1 majinbejitto

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Posted 01 September 2007 - 12:07 PM

Hi,

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?

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Posted 01 September 2007 - 01:20 PM

Some reading here not sure if it's relative
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#3 majinbejitto

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Posted 01 September 2007 - 04:50 PM

Thanks for the reply.

I tried both methods on the first site, but it didn't do anything.
With the method from the second site, when I typed "netsh Winsock reset" in CMD, an error message popped up and said that "netshell.dll" was not found. On the CMD window, it also said that the helper DLL's "IFMON.DLL" and "HNETMON.DLL" cannot be loaded, and the command "Winsock reset" was not found.

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Posted 08 September 2007 - 06:56 PM

Anyone else have any suggestions?

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Posted 09 September 2007 - 07:49 AM

I think that if you run the System File Checker (SFC) this will replace the netshell.dll file (and any other damaged or missing system files). You will need your XP CD or have the i386 directory on your hard drive to be able to run SFC.

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Posted 09 September 2007 - 10:02 AM

Hi majinbejitto. You may run into problems running SFC.

Why You May Not Be Able To Run SFC or Do a Repair Install





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