Regarding this error: Internet Connection Wizard:
'connection name' is not a valid name. The entry name must contain at least one character that is not a space and cannot begin with a period. Choose a different name.
I really don't think that the problem has anything to do with any
The people you speak to...at least, initially...when you call an ISP tech support agent, are, generally
, just guessing.
If they refer you to a member of the elite
tech support crew, they may...repeat may
...be able to offer some insight into your problems.
Most of the time, they will try to convince you that the problem is with your machine...modem, OS, telephone line...anything
other than their ISP service or their ISP's access numbers.
If you ask in-depth questions about your Operating System, they will refer you to the manufacturer.
They consider it the same as a pharmacist offering medical advice.
They don't want to get their company sued by some customer who took their advice and screwed-up his, or her computer.
After all, their jobs are on the line.
Regarding this particular issue, however, I believe that the problem is
with the machine.
Microsoft addresses the problem...somewhat
...in this article: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/318183/en-us
(Note that this applies to SP1, SP2, and SP3. You probably have to uninstall SP4 and the "Rollup", if you have them installed.)
When it happened to me, I tried to start the Remote Access service, I get an "Access Denied
" error splash.
(Kinda makes me think that my machine caught a nasty bug; but, no "AntiVirus" programs or "Malware Detector" programs could find any.)
I thought about uninstalling service packs, until I get back to one that doesn't hide the Microsoft Internet Explorer
"Uninstall/Repair" option in the Control Panel's "Add/Remove Programs" window; in hopes of repairing the Internet Connection Wizard
case, however, I was too quick to use the CCleaner
(Freeware) program, without fully
understanding the settings.
Stupid blunder on my part. Really
I overwrote...seven times
...all the Windows Update
"uninstall" files, so I can't uninstall any of those updates and Service Packs.
I can either save all my data to CDs...or, move it via
network cable from the "crippled" system, on my second computer, to this computer...and reinstall W2K; or, I can expend a lot of time (and aggravation) trying to "fix" this problem.
I doubt, however, that it would be a worthwhile pursuit.
think that the only
answer to this one is to scrub, format, and reinstall.
...and do all those damned updates.
You know, I still
think that Microsoft may be complicit in all of these issues.
I can't help thinking that all of these issues could
have been "engineered out" prior to the Operating System's release...rather than possibly being deliberately
"engineered into" it.
Edited by Jerry Cass, 30 March 2007 - 08:33 AM.