I'm having a bit of a Windows XP SP3 networking issue. Basically I have lost my "Local Network Connection" and nothing I do brings it back. I've tried Add/Remove Hardware, I've uninstalled and reinstalled all network related drivers (or all I was aware of) and nothing works.
It all started with a Virtualbox network bridging issue. So I deleted all network connections with the hope of being able to set them all back up. Things actually found themselves on the first go-round, but I started having the same issues at which point I uninstalled and reinstalled Virtualbox. It was at that point that all my "Local Network Connection" went away for good, never to be seen again.
For now, I can plug in a USB wireless adapter and I have network access, but this is a pain as I'd prefer to be hardwired. For the record, there is nothing wrong with the actual Ethernet port. The system is an Ubuntu/Windows dual-boot setup, and all works fine in Linux.
Any ideas short of wiping the Windows install?