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

2) How to troubleshoot missing network connections icons in Windows Server 2003 and in Windows XP

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)

The steps that worked for us are:

1) Downloading and running KB 953979 (via

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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