"Network Connections” Folder is Empty in Windows, Not Showing Network Adapters List

Suddenly the network connection icon in system tray started showing a yellow exclamation mark on it as shown in following screenshot:

I double-checked the Internet connectivity and it was working absolutely fine. I was able to browse on Internet.

To investigate the issue, I checked the Network Connections folder and to my surprise, it was empty. It was not showing network adapters list. It was absolutely blank:

I did lots of things to fix the issue like restarting the router, enabling/disabling network services but all in vain.

At last I tried resetting network adapters configuration using Windows registry and it did the trick. I was able to fix this annoying issue using my favorite Registry Editor. Actually Windows stores a cache of network adapters configuration in registry and if by any chance the cache becomes corrupted, you might face such kind of strange issues.
Anyway I'm sharing the solution here so that if anyone else faces this problem, he'll be able to fix it easily without any hard work.

To fix this issue, you just need to follow these simple steps:

1. Type regedit in RUN or start menu search box and press Enter. It'll open Registry Editor.
2. Now go to following key:
3. In right-side pane, you'll see a binary key "Config". Select it and press Delete key on your keyboard. You just need to delete Config key.

Don't worry. When you delete the key and open Network Connections folder or restart your system, Windows automatically re-creates the key. By deleting the key we are just clearing the configuration cache.

4. Once you delete the key, close Registry Editor and open Network Connections folder again and now it should show all network adapters without any problem.

PS: If you don't want to edit registry manually and want a ready-made registry script to do the task automatically, download following ZIP file, extract it and run extracted REG file. It'll ask for confirmation, accept it:

Download Registry Script

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