Originally Posted by TheWickerMan
Aside from failing NIC's are there any other devices that aren't functioning properly that would make you think registry corruption?
It's not a failing NIC per say. I would qualify the phenomenon as a failing IP configuration. The NICs show fine in Device Manager, all bindings are fine, all protocols, clients are in place. The only problem -- IP communication is down. And as was noted originally, the problem manifests itself via ipconfig /all returning just a header with not a single line of contents.
After an arbitrary NIC is uninstalled in Safe Mode the system is forced to reinitialize something and after that IP is fine for one session. After the next reboot we are back at square one.
This sequence is very consistent with a registry corruption theory in my opinion.
And to answer your question, "There are no other major problems I am aware of with this laptop."