Whenever I try to look at my network connections, the window opens up empty. The only thing shown is the Organize button. I went into Device Manager and deleted my network devices, but now installation fails when I try to reload them.
I fixed it by deleting the following registry key and rebooting:
Note: I found the suggestion on this site.
I was having the same problem when connecting to a FQDN UNC share name. However, when I just used the IP address or just the hostname, I was able to see the contents without any problem.
I added a new DWORD entry here:
Value Data is 0. (Hexadecimal is selected)
My folder contents re-appeared after rebooting. So the DirectoryCacheLifetim fixed the problem for me. I am not sure why the empty network shares suddenly though. This was always a Windows 7 Pro machine and I have not every had any network problems with it, and it's a pretty clean install. Users do not have admin access to install anything.
The Fix source was found here: