Thanks for the links...
The support.microsoft.com link provided many different items - most of which I tried without any impact on my problem.
When I tried step #6 "Verify that the network DLL files are registered correctly: Click Start/Run. Type cmd.exe, and then click OK. Type the following lines, and then press ENTER after you type each line. Click OK when the RegSvr32 dialog box appears for each command.
regsvr32 netman.dll, then Restart the computer." I got errors on 2 as follows:
1 - regsvr32 netshell.dll = "DllRegisterServer in netshell.dll failed. Return code was: 0x80040154"
2 - regsvr32 netcfgx.dll = "DllRegisterServer in netcfgx.dll succeeded"
3 - regsvr32 netman.dll = "LoadLibrary("netman.dll") failed - the specified procedure could not be found"
Unfortunately this article doesn't explain what should be done when encountering errors!
The other 2 links seem to focus on these same 3 commands with one person in the Google link stating that his system was corrected after he ran the 3 commands! Not mine... Another person wrote "here is the solution as supplied to me by Jeffery Gu of Microsoft Tech. Support ... I ended up having to do a Windows XP Repair installation, then reapply all Critical Updates"... Aaaaghhhh!!!! How does one do a "repair installation"?
I also tried running the command ipconfig (using a cmd.exe window)and got the following error message "The procedure entry point DhcpNotifyMediaReconnected could not be located in the dynamic library DHCPCSVC.DLL"!!
I forgot to mention that despite these errors my connections all still work!
Any other thoughts??