Repairing network adapter matter

Hi:
I am seeking to decipher an error message I got when I used the Diagnose Connection Problems in IE7 (the message I got when I attempted to repair my wireless network connection by right-clicking on the icon in the tray -- 'Windows could not finish repairing the problem because the following action could not be completed: Disabling the wireless network adapter. Make sure your network adapter is properly installed.' -- was quite useless to me because the Atheros AR5005G Wireless Network adapter was preinstalled on my Toshiba Satellite A85-S107 notebook, a WinXP system with SP2 applied...)

OK, using the Diagnose Connection Problems tool provided some help -- and more questions ... specifically, a message in the diagnostic log revealed this:

action Automated repair: Reset network connection
action Disabling the network adapter
error Failed while disabling the network adapter
error Failed with error 0x800F020D: The class installer registry entry is invalid.

So, this is what I don't know how to solve:
(1) Where in the Registry can I find the entry?
(2) Since the entry is said to be invalid, what would a valid entry look like?
(I can disable/re-enable the adapter through the Device Manager, but it had been more of a hassle without the success in clearing the earlier error message)

I have uninstalled/reinstalled the driver for the Atheros three times (am not sure if an updated driver exists), which leads me to another question: I have in the Registry five references to Wireless Connections (Wireless Connection, Wireless Connection 2, Wireless Connection 3, and the current Wireless Connection 4). Is there a way in clearing out some of those Registry entries, since in my opinion, there is no point having them if I can't access the previous ones? (Unfortunately for me, re-installing the driver didn't provide a valid entry )

(wanted to get that EEK out of my system)

Well, searching the Web hadn't been any help, but I did find this forum, so I hope that I can gain something from this, beside a headache....

thanks...
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