Microsoft – Windows – Network Connections is empty

Microsoft – Windows – Network Connections is empty

Earlier today, post MS Windows XP – SP3 upgrade ended up with a problem where the “Network Connection” network applet was empty.

Also, noticed the error pasted below:

The COM+ Event System detected a bad return code during its internal processing. HRESULT was 80070005 from line 44 of d:\comxp_sp3\com\com1x\src\events\tier1\eventsystemobj.cpp. Please contact Microsoft Product Support Services to report this error.

The web has a few very interesting article:

1) You may experience various problems after you install the Microsoft Security Bulletin
MS05-051 for COM+ and MS DTC
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/909444

2) How to troubleshoot missing network connections icons in Windows Server 2003 and in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/825826

3) Device Manager may not show any devices and Network Connections may not show any network connections after you install Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3)
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/953979

The steps that worked for us are:

1) Downloading and running KB 953979 (via http://support.microsoft.com/kb/953979)

2) Per KB 909444 – Restore Permissons on the Com+ Catalog

In the %windir%/registration folder:

  • Make sure that the Everyone group has Read permissions
  • Make sure that the Administrator group and system user has full permissons
  • For each *.db file, ensure that the “Allow inheritable auditing entries from the parent to propagate to this object and all objects.” is granted
  • Using the “Local Policies” MMC, granting “Bypass traverse checking” to the Everyone Group

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