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Command Line Open Control Panel\All Control Panel Items

Q: Command Line Open Control Panel\All Control Panel Items

How to open "All Control Panel Items" from the command line? thanks...

A: Command Line Open Control Panel\All Control Panel Items

Is this what you are referring to?

List of Control Panel Command Line Commands

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Good evening,

I've noticed a difference in Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Personalization between editions of Windows 10.

My wife's laptop is running Windows 10 Home, and her personalization screen looks like this:

I'm running Windows 10 Enterprise, and my personalization screen looks like this:

Notice that the menu options on the left, and quick access to change the theme settings on the bottom are missing from the enterprise screenshot.

Does anyone have any thoughts on this? Is it simply a difference between editions? Or is there a setting that is not turned on in my installation?

Thanks in advance!

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I want to launch the Windows Store Control Panel in Windows 8 from Desktop command line, i know the EXE file is
Thank you.

A:Launch the Windows Store Control Panel from command line?

As far as I know, you can't. Metro apps are not Win32 applications. They can't be run from the desktop or a command line. They have to be run from within the metro environment.

Even though that program says it's an exe, it's not a normal Win32 exe, much like .net apps are not normal .exe's (they have a runtime shim that allows them to start with the runtime engine, metro apps don't have that).

So if you try and run the exe, it just exits right away. I know of no way to work around that.

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Hi All,

My apologies if similar threads have been posted already, but having trawled the internet, I'm stuggling to find an answer to the problem I have my Dad's PC.

My Dad has bought a PC from Mesh computers in the UK with Vista Home Premium (32Bit I believe) pre-installed and with his account set up as an admin. I went around to set it all up for him, get him on broadband etc and that's where the problems started...

Without connecting to the internet, I attempted to install Norton Internet Security 2008 (Vista approved edition) which got half way through installation before erroring about "failing to initialize". The install had half worked (the firewall was up a running) so I connected myself to the internet (using the Windows firewall as well) to see what the problem was.

From that point, it all started going downhill. I couldn't install NIS 2008 (even after a "LiveInstall" seemingly from the internet), but then Vista functionality stopped working. Certain items in the control panel would no longer open, such as "User Accounts" and "System", clicking on "Windows Update" from the START bar would flash up a window for a split second before closing and clicking to update "Windows Defender" gave an error message about not being able to update at all.

Around the same time, the pre-installed sidebar gadgets (a clock and some pictures) magically removed themselves from the sidebar and I can no longer add items... Read more

A:Unable to open certain items in Control Panel + Update / Sidebar Issues

I have the same problem with my sister's laptop. It's an MSI VR220 with built in Windows Vista? Home Premium installed.

there was pre-installed the Norton Internet Security 2008 and I uninstalled it (I allso run the Norton removal tool). Some days after I noticed that many items from the control panel do not open (the window apears blank for a sec, and it desappears). Some of these are: personalize menu, network & sharing center, Windows Update (Updates seems that are installed ok though..), Users accounds, System, Sideshow, Speech Recognition, Autoplay, power options.

I haven't found any real workaround,
please help!

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I would like to know if there is a way to "close" an open Control Panel Applet via a command line reference?I know a couple ways to open the window -

"c:\windows\system32\mmsys.cpl" OR command mmsys.cpl

but I would like to also close it via command line. Any suggestions?


A:Command line to "Close Control Panel Applet"?

Enter taskkill /? from a Elevated Command prompt. That is one way.

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Hello i need some help my control panel in the start menu dissapear, first of all i had a virus that didn't allow me to launch the antivirus, so i download AVG and i unninstall my old program and i think that an infected file that have, something to do with the control panel was removed with the antivirus, and i do not know what to do, please help me

A:control panel missing, my control panel dissapeared and i can't use mi adm. rigths

Welcome to TSG....

To download HJTsetup.exe from TrendSecure To Download HijackThis go to the following at the File Repository
Click on the link below to Download HijackThis Self Installer:

Save the file to your desktop.
Double click on the HJTsetup.exe icon on your desktop.
By default it will install to C:\Program Files\HijackThis.
Continue to click Next in the setup dialog boxes until you get to the Select Additional Tasks dialog.
Put a check by Create a desktop icon then click Next again.
Continue to follow the rest of the prompts from there.
At the final dialog box click Finish and it will launch Hijack This.
Click on the Do a system scan and save a log file button. It will scan and then ask you to save the log.
Click Save to save the log file and then the log will open in notepad.
At the top of the Notepad HJT log screen, hit Edit then Select All then click Edit and then click Copy doing that copies the text to the clipboard, you won't see it yet....
Come back here to this thread and Paste the log in your next reply.
DO NOT have Hijack This fix anything yet. Most of what it finds will be harmless or even required.
A security expert with a gold shield to the right of their name should take a look at your log - please be patient.

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I have three icons in the control panel: Scheduled Task, Scanners & Cameras, and Network Connections, these three are the problem. I can go into the Control Panel, click on one and have it open, but if I follow up and click on another it does nothing, the other icons work, just not these ones. I can close the panel, reopen it and I can then open up one of the other of the three. Nothing is opening up behind the window either, just plain ol nothing happens. The computer has been scanned for any malware/spyware/virii

A:Three items in Control Panel

luckyluke3751, It wouldn't hurt to try the "CPL File Association Fix" at the link below.

Edited to add: The above fix is for Windows XP NOT Windows Vista. Sorry about that.


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I remember in the RC build of windows 7 when I opened up the control panel on the left it showed a menu which at the bottom had applets that were recently used so could be quickly accessed.

On the RTM of windows 7 this menu on the left is gone, vanished, caput. Is now just an empty area. Is there an option to bring this back or was it removed after the public RC build?

A:control panel and recently used items

Hi chrysalis,

Are you talking about this..

I have just used the beta for only a week or so when it launched to the public In January.(2009). So I don't remember that feature all to well.. but I could not find anything like that in the RTM version..

Hope this Helps..

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The 'Pen & Touch' and 'Tablet PC' services icons are not showing in the control panel. The tablet items Are checked in Windows features but still not visible. I have tried regediting the 'don't load' portion of the control panel but can't seem to get them to 'stick.' I've tried taking ownership of the control panel folder in the registry but that seems not to help either. Any solid ideas to try will be greatly appreciated.

A:Control Panel items not showing

Welcome to our forum PurpleGreenDean

Where did you get Windows 7 Enterprise from and how did you activate it?

Your specs.

My System Specs Computer type PC/Desktop
System Manufacturer/Model Number Dell
OS Win 7 Enterprise 64 bit

Please use this tutorial by Brink to fill in your system specs.

System Info - See Your System Specs

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I am running Vista Ultimate SP1.
Today I had a look at the control panel to uninstall some software. Unfortunately the control panel didn?t display any items. It was just gray shaded.

What I tried to solve the problem:
1. restart PC -> same result
2. system restore 3 days: most of the items are back , BUT 3 are missing.
text to speech, index options, offline folders

Could anybody explain to me how to restore or to reinstall or to create new items?

I would imagine that all items were there two weeks ago and I have no idea what I did wrong.


P.S. I am admin and I there is no virus or spyware on the machine.

A:missing items at control panel

Hi Alcone and welcome to Vista Forums

It is possible that some of the items have been set as "hidden", so have a look at the following Tutorial to see if it helps you to restore them: Control Panel - Hide Icon

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is there any way to add items to the control panel? i uninstalled hp quicklaunch buttons which used to be in the control panel but i realized i needed/wanted it so i reinstalled it but it's not in the control panel anymore. Is there any way to accomplish this?


A:Solved: Control Panel Items

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When I click some items in Control Panel (ie: Add & Remove Programs, Display e.t.c), I get "The file does not have a program association with it for performing this action. Create an association in the Folder Options control panel". So I can not open this "Add & Remove" or "Display" window.
Also the same message appears on some application programs. How can I resolve this probelm? Please help.

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Hi, it seems a spyware has infected my computer. I have since removed it, but I don't know how to fix the damages it has done to my PC.

I can access my control panel, and a couple items in there, but most, including the most important items (Add/remove programs, sounds and audio, user accounts, windows security etc etc) I cannot access. Apparently something is keeping me from trying to fix my PC. I have also noticed it turned off my windows firewall because when I start windows I get the message bubble from below stating I have no firewall turned on.

Here's a log from hijackthis:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 9:50:38 PM, on 9/24/2009
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\iS3\Anti-Spyware\SZServer.exe
C:\Program Files\Linksys\WMP110\gtwpssrv.exe
C:\Program Files\Stardock\Object Desktop\ThemeManager\w... Read more

A:Can't Click on a few items in Control Panel

try THIS..

it replace manual deletion of viruses, also replace manual fixes.

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Hello,these 2 things in the Control Panel have started to bug me,can anyone help with this?
I dont use any antivirus software,so i dont really know if this is a virus or not,or do they even exist since they "cannot be found"

This is what i get when i try to remove either of those:


A:2 items in Control Panel cannot be removed

Welcome aboard
Your images don't show.
What Windows version is it?

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I have Windows XP with service pack 3. I have webroot spysweeper and virus protection and regularly run scans. When I try to access items in my control panel, such as add or remove programs, categories in change in appearance and theme, categories in performance and maintainence I get the message: windows can not find 'C:\WINDOWS\system32\rundll32.exe' make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again. To search for a file, click the START button, and then click search.
Microsoft website says:

To resolve this issue, follow these steps:Put the Windows XP CD ROM disk in the CD ROM drive.
Click Start, and then click Run.
Type expand X:\i386\rundll32.ex_ c:\windows\system32\rundll32.exe in the Open box, where X is the letter of your CD ROM Drive.
Restart the computer.
My problem is that XP came installed on my computer, I do not have the disk. Is there another solution? Please be aware I do not know my way around a computer at all. Thank you!

A:I can not access items in my control panel


Go to this page:
Download the CPL File Association fix
Unzip it, run it and allow it to be imported into the registry

Then see if the control panel items work.

If not does the rundll32.exe file exit under c:\windows\system32 ?

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Are my eyes just playing tricks on me or is the text in Control panel / All Control Panel Items Green?

A:Green text in all control panel items

Quote: Originally Posted by smarteyeball

Are my eyes just playing tricks on me or is the text in Control panel / All Control Panel Items Green?

Yep its green

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Does anyone know howw to remove items that are listed under add/remove programs in the control panel? I have several games and other installations that still show there even though they were fully uninstalled. They don't create a problem per se. Just wondered if there was a way to do this. Thanks!

A:removing items from add/remove in control panel

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I just installed Win7 ultimate, and it works great. I went into the control panel to change the power settings, and I realized that the control panel is missing the icon for "all control panel items". I unlocked the built in administrator account and tried it that way, but the item is still missing. everything else seems to work perfectly. Any ideas?

A:all control panel items icon missing

I've just looked through my control panel icons and I don't have it either. I'm not sure what you mean.

Oh. And a warm welcome to Seven Forums

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An have an older Ver. open office 3.2, installed 6/12/10,in the control panel, Believe is preventing the installation of a currant ver 3.4 open office.
I have attempted removal of 3.2 with No success!  I have attempted to install the prior ver. open office 3.2 with the thought segments of the original file were corrupt, Unable to make a reinstallation.   ( Only option, to high light file and DELETE but, this being an unsafe process have elected to try some alternate methods.)
So far upgraging to 7 was a bad move.
I have a window 7, 32 bit newly installed jan 2013. The teck that made the install has attempted differant methods to correct the problem but, no success. Guess someone smarter
need to take a look at the cure.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you for your review and suggestions.

A:Problem removing, control panel items

Run this fixit
Select open office -Uninstall it
Restart the PC and try to install it

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I'm using Win7 Pro and want to put a shortcut a control panel item onto my taskbar as in Pin to taskbar. Specifically getting the item or a shortcut to the item 'Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Sound' pinned to the taskbar.

Any help would be most welcomed.


A:Solved: Control panel items on the taskbar Win7

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Hi all,

A while ago I noticed that items in control panel only open after a delay of around 1 second. This delay seems to be built in to Windows 7 as I've tried this on 3 different computers running it and it's the same on all of them. So say for example, I open control panel and click 'system and security', nothing in there will open instantly e.g. Action Centre, Firewall, System etc all have that delay after clicking them. I've lowered the value of MenuShowDelay in the registry but that makes no difference.

It's annoying me a bit now because I've just bought an SSD and everything is very snappy. I'm quite sure it's not hardware limitations causing this delay but rather a setting in Windows 7.

I seem to remember there being a registry tweak to fix this but I cannot for the life of me find it.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Control panel items left click delay

Hello and welcome av115 mate par for the course and I don't think you will get to change it I personally use a single click option in Folder Options for the left click it makes no difference as I said to the time it takes for the feature to open but is easier for me for clicking.

I see you use the Menu opening time option so I am wondering if you have used some of the tips from this (my bible for 7) and does speed up things if you don't mind losing some of the "bling" like transparency
Optimize Windows 7

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I like creating shortcuts from items on the control panel, like Windows Firewall, Windows Update and so on, and i like to use launcher programs like Executor to launch these shortcuts. But after upgrading from Windows 7 Ultmate 32 bit to 64 bit these launcher programs can't launch the shortcuts anymore. Also bat or autohotkey scripts can't launch these shortcuts too. Any idea why?

A:Problem with launching control panel items shortcuts

Have you tried just drag and drop something from Control Panel to Desktop or right tick on something in Control Panel and select Create a Shortcut.

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I want to remove some control panel items (.cpl) from the Control Panel list.
I own a bit tweaked version of Windows 7 and I cant access gpedit, so I have to do it in the registry.
I've started to looking into

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ Panel\don?t load


where I've deleted some of the entrys but they still show up in Control Panel.
Any ideas?

A:How to remove Control Panel items by editing registry?

Under the key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\ create a key and name it "don't load".

Now, under the key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\don't load, create a new string value and give it the name of the applet which you want to hide. Google for the applet names, they'll all have the extension .cpl. E.g. if you want to get rid of "Phone and Modem", the name will be "Modem.cpl".

Set the value of this string to "no".

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Found a lot of other posts all over the internet, suggesting malware scans, SFC/Scannow, even chkdsk
But none of these people got their issue resolved, and all ended up reinstalling the OS.
My programs work fine, but they are not listed in Control Panel/ Programs and features
I can even uninstall them by manually browsing to c:\program files\<name of software>\uninst000.exe (or whatever the name of the uninstaller is)
Then after uninstalling the above way, if I reinstall the same software again, the name of the software shows up in my Control Panel/ Programs and features.
I have about 200 programs installed, and Control Panel/ Programs and features lists only 98 now (it was listing even less, but I got a few back after manually uninstalling/ reinstalling, don't have the patience to reinstall all the 200+ programs I have).
Short of performing a factory reset (F11 at startup and then launch HP Complete Recovery, or booting up from the recovery disks I created when I got the computer), is there something that can be done to fix this issue??
The computer I'm using is HP Envy K204TX (touchscreen version), and it's running Windows 8.1 Home (64 bit).
If you need the entire configuration (CPU, RAM, etc) ask me, not posting cause I don't think this matters.
My OS was pre-installed on the computer when I purchased it, and I've never ran a "registry optimizer" application.
I can system restore, but I have no idea when the problem started. Arbitra... Read more

A:Items are MISSING from my Control Panel/ Programs and features

Let's see if the entries actually exist or not...please run the following command by holding down the windows key and press R, pasting the following code into the box, and pressing enter:
REG QUERY "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall" /s > Desktop\UninstallKey.txt && notepad Desktop\UnistallKey.txt
A notepad should open with text already in it. Please copy and paste that text into your next reply.

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Gentlemen (and ladies!),
I have a machine with XP Home on it which due to spyware has "Access Denied" to items in Control Panel, much the same as using Policy Editor on Pro. The spyware has been cleaned but nothing seems to affect the settings.
Any ideas?

A:Spyware Alters Access to Items in Control Panel

Hello Midnight Tech

How`s about "Ladies" too?

I would say that your system is still infected. "Access Denied" to system tools usually means that the malware has put restrictions in the registry

Did you get help here from the Virus Removal Forum? if not I think you should pay them a visit now.

check your firewall
Make sure that "Run a DLL as an App" is not set to "Deny"


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I have installed Winamp [WA] on my new PC - Win 8.1, 64-bit. However, it is not listed in the 'Set Your Default Programs' section of 'default programs' in my Control Panel even though it's in File Explorer. WA is recognised in the file association section though.

Also, (and just as importantly to me as one of those music geeks (!)), the .flac extension is not listed under the file extensions listing for 'file associations' either.

I'm really confused by all this. Is there a reason why WA is missing from the list of default programs? Is there some way of adding it to the list? Could it be that the latest version of WA - v5.666 - is just not compatible with 64-bit? Finally, how do I get my computer to recognise the .flac extension?

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I have three machines that were running windows 8 on them. I used my MSDN to upgrade all 3 to 8.1 RTM. The only odd thing is search on just one of the PCs.

On this PC, when searching for items found in the control panel (such as "Indexing Options", etc) it seems to have an artificial 2-3 second delay before displaying the results under the search field. On the other two machines, they're near instant.

For those with 8.1, try it on your machine. Search for Indexing Options of File History and see how long it takes to show up, either by hitting Start and typing or Win+S...

The delay is driving me nuts. Is there any reason why this may be? I've already rebuilt the index and decreased the size of it, as well as rebooted several times and ran CCleaner a bit. The only difference is this machine is Win 8.1 Pro, while the others are regular. I have disabled the Bing web search on all three and all other settings have been left alone.


A:8.1 RTM- Slight delay when searching control panel items?

I resolved this on my own. It turned out I had a network share under my Music library. I assume the search service was going to search that before it listed control panel items. I removed the reference and it works normal now.

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Noticed a problem when I tried to adjust the date and time to our new timezone by clicking "adjust date and time" in the taskbar: get a "run dll as an app" error message.

Then noticed I can't open the date/time icon in the Control Panel either: get a message "An exception occurred while trying to run c:\windows\system32\shell32.dll,Control_Rundll C:\windows\system32\timedate.cpl, Date and Time."

Finally, I found that the display, system, and several other icons in the control panel don't work anymore either. No error messages there, they just don't open. Same when I click on "properties" for just about anything.

I have run the latest versions of Norton Antivirus, Spybot, and Malwarebytes and they found nothing. Also tried doing a System Restore to a couple months ago, but still have the errors.

Where do I even begin to troubleshoot? Seems like a lot going wrong. I'm running Windows XP Pro, patched with the latest updates, on a Dell Inspiron laptop.

A:Help! Control Panel items not working. Rundll errors?

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I have lost the mouse control panel in the control panel of XP PRO SP2. Any help would be appreaciated.

A:restore mouse control panel in control panel


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There is a weird thing in my control panel called Akami Netsession interface control panel, how can I remove it?
It says Application not found when I click it.

Screenshots: Screenshot by Lightshot
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A:Control Panel, 'Akami Netsession control panel'

Hello Josh,

Here's some more information about the Akamai Netsession Interface Control Panel that may help.

If you like, you should be able to hide that Control Panel icon using an option in the tutorial below.

Control Panel - Hide Icon

Hope this helps,

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after the update,i cant access access the control even the windows update

A:failed to access control panel items after windows 7 update

Please follow the Windows Update Posting Instructions and post the requested data
If the file is too large (8MB compressed), remove the older CBSPersist cab files until the final file is below the limit - you can always post them separately after zipping them. (the forum doesn't allow the upload of bare CAB files, for a number of reasons)

I also need to see your Event Logs..

Open Event Viewer
click on the Windows logs entry in the left pane to expand it.
Now click on the Application entry - wait while it loads.
Click on 'File' in the menu bar and select Save...
Save the file as Appevt.evtx
Repeat for the System log
then zip both, and upload them.

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Ok, so I noticed that for a while I haven't been here my microsoft sounds when I boot up and shut down my machine. At first I thought that I didn't have the sound files but that wasn't it.

I went into control panel, sound and audio devices and click on the sound tab. Under the program events list, I notice that many of the program events were missing such as windows start up and windows shut down. This is why I wasn't hearing any sounds when I would shut down and start my computer.

My question is, how do you get those items back on the program event list?

I use windows XP home edition computer.

Any help or suggestions? The thing is the a lot of the items in the program list are missing. So lets say I wanted to change the sound that I hear when I turn my machine on, I would go under windows and highlight windows start. But on my program list, it is not there. Hence I have no sound when my computer goes on. It is a stupid thing I realize that but I am curious how the items were lost and wondering if I can get them back. But hey, my computer is 6 years old and still runs great. I should just be happy with that.

A:Missing items on Program list in Control Panel Sounds

i have the identical problem. i have discovered that if i create a new user account, all the program events are available. if i try the run command for sfc / scannow it asks me insert the windows xp install cd but won't recognize it when i do. I don,t think there is anything short of doing an xp repair that will solve my problem. if you come up with something let me know.

Thanks, Jeff

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So like the title says, when I try to access "System" in Control Panel, my taskbar disappears for a brief moment and reappears a bit later (it's just the explorer.exe process crashing and opening again). Also when I reboot my PC, some programs that are set to start up automatically crash (flux.exe has stopped working for example). I don't know what to do and it's getting very frustrating. I did a to do a SFC /scannow and I'll attach the CBS.txt file. I'm really eager to find a solution to all of these problems .

A:Can't access control panel items, programs crash at boot.

Do you still need assistance with this issue?

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The lenovo power manager left some pieces behind:

Does anyone know how to remove those items from the left side bar? Thank you.

A:Remove control panel power options side bar items

welcome to the forums a1manarme!

Let me say this before I say anything else, I am NOT a fan of registry cleaners. I do not trust them BUT of the registry cleaners out there the safest and least intrusive by far is the one built into Ccleaner. I would recommend you try running that to see if it helps. You can also check out Revo uninstaller as it will clean up this kind of thing as it uninstalls.

Or you can just follow the path's and delete them manually.

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I have a Dell XPS 14 laptop which is about 2 1/2 months old. There were a couple of hardware issues (touchpad didn't lay evenly, lost sound which turned out to be a broken connector on the motherboard). They have been fixed and the machine now seems to be running normally. I have Windows 7 Home Premium.

However today, out of the blue, when I launch Control Panel I see an odd grayish line (maybe 2-3 centimeters thick) across the left-hand side of the window. The main control panel window looks normal (whether I do category or icon view), but when I make a selection (like Network and Internet, or Hardware and Sound, or System and Security) and the appropriate window comes up, there is a gray line/bar extending across the left-hand portion of the window (the blue-colored section where the list of options to select is found). It seems to be located about halfway down from the top of the Control Panel window. Control Panel seems otherwise normal.

To be honest, as far as I can tell there is no effect on the functionality of my machine or my ability to use Control Panel, and so far I haven't seen anything like this with any other programs or windows. I randomly launched a whole bunch of Windows "accessories" as well as Windows Media Player, to see if anything else looked funny, and found no issues. Given that, I should probably just ignore this, but it's very weird, and it's not normal. Also, this computer is less than 3 months old, so I feel that I shouldn't be d... Read more

A:[SOLVED] weird control panel issue - gray line on one side

Try this

Click on "Start" type in "CMD" (Without quotes). Locate CMD.exe right click on CMD.exe then select "Run As Administrator" Now in the command prompt window type in then hit enter.

Also go to Dell lookup the model number download the graphics drivers and install them.

This will attempt to check integrity of Windows system file, and replace any missing or corrupted system files.

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I have recently purchased a Dell 1545 laptop, windows vista 32bit home premium, I have this minor problem, whenever I turn on the computer for the first time in the morning, I can't open control panel, I click the red x and I click restart, and it says windows explorer restarting. Then when I click on control panel the 2nd time, about 75 percent of the time it opens normally, sometimes I have to do this a 3rd time, but it has failed to open

I have tried opening a new user account, no change
I have also tried restart software licensing and start up SL UI notification service, nothing changed. Help

A:control panel won't open

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OS Vista Ultimate (ThinkPad T60):

My Avast icon in the task bar began displaying a red X. When I clicked on it I got an error message that I could not follow up on nor understand. Thus, I decided to deinstall Avast, but I could never open the Control Panel to do so. This is the first time I have ever had a problem accessing the Control Panel. So that I would have AV protection I installed AVG Free which loaded without a problem.

Upon clicking on the Control Panel the window opens for about 15 seconds, but remains blank; no icons ever display.

A:Control Panel will not open

Try logging in in SAFE mode (keep hitting F8 during boot up) and see if you can get to Control Panel.
Check Event viewer.
Run Chkdsk.

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My Grandpa's friend recently gave me his computer to look at, saying he can't connect to the internet.When I got it I could not open up Internet Explorer at all (nothing happened when I clicked on it).I also couldn't open the Control Panel.And when I tried to open msconfig, it said it's not found.There's probably more but that's all I've noticed so far...Same problems if I reboot into safe mode, IE and Control Panel don't work.I ran Malwarebytes on it and it found some Adware, which it cleaned up. I wasn't thinking and didn't save the log.I also ran the Avast quick scan on it, and it found nothing.I noticed if I reboot into safe mode and go into the built in Administrator account, IE and the Control Panel work.I also noticed that it had IE6 installed. So I updated to IE8 hoping it would fix some problems.After I updated the Control Panel still won't work, and IE opens, but then closes right away.I also do not have a disk for it (so I can't try running SFC)It's running Windows XP Home, and I have a Windows XP Pro disk.So it's looking more and more like a virus/malware infection.EDIT: one more thing I forgot to mention, when I was installing Malwarebytes, when the installer was creating the shortcuts I got an error: CoCreateInstance failed; code 0x80040154 Class not registered.The install completed after that but the shortcuts weren't created.EDIT 2: something I just noticed; if I double click on IE (or any shortcut) n... Read more

A:Can't open Control Panel or IE

Hello, Welcome to BleepingComputer.I'm nasdaq and will be helping you.If you can please print this topic it will make it easier for you to follow the instructions and complete all of the necessary steps.===Download this tool for your operating system.Farbar Recovery Scan Tool (64 bit) Farbar Recovery Scan Tool (32 bit)and save it to a flash drive.Plug the flash drive into the infected PC.Restart your computer and tap F8 to bring up the Advanced Menu, then click Repair your computerFollow the prompt to enter keyboard input method, and then the prompt to enter a password. If the machine does not have a password, simply click Enter.In the next menu, use the arrow keys on the keyboard to highlight Command Prompt and press Enter.In the command window type in notepad and press Enter.The notepad opens. Under File menu select Open.Select "Computer" and find your flash drive letter and close the notepad.In the command window type e:\frst64.exe and press Enter. Or FRST.exe if 32 bit system.

Note: Replace letter e with the drive letter of your flash drive.

The tool will start to run.When the tool opens click Yes to disclaimer.Press Scan button.It will make a log (FRST.txt) on the flash drive. Please copy and paste it to your reply.===Please download Farbar Service Scanner and run it on the computer with the issue.Make sure the following options are checked:
Internet ServicesWindows FirewallSystem RestoreSecurity Center/Action centerWindows UpdateWindows DefenderPre... Read more

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Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 2:10:09 PM, on 9/8/2009Platform: Windows Vista SP1 (WinNT 6.00.1905)MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18813)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\Windows\system32\Dwm.exeC:\Windows\Explorer.EXEC:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exeC:\Windows\system32\taskeng.exeC:\Windows\system32\taskeng.exeC:\Program Files\Apoint\Apoint.exeC:\Program Files\Sony\Wireless Switch Setting Utility\Switcher.exeC:\Program Files\Sony\ISB Utility\ISBMgr.exeC:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashDisp.exeC:\Windows\System32\hkcmd.exeC:\Windows\System32\igfxpers.exeC:\Windows\ehome\ehtray.exeC:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmpnscfg.exeC:\Program Files\SUPERAntiSpyware\SUPERAntiSpyware.exeC:\Windows\ehome\ehmsas.exeC:\Windows\System32\mobsync.exeC:\Program Files\Apoint\ApMsgFwd.exeC:\Program Files\Apoint\Apntex.exeC:\Program Files\Uniblue\RegistryBooster 2\RegistryBooster.exeC:\Windows\system32\igfxsrvc.exeC:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exeC:\Windows\system32\DllHost.exeR0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://yaho... Read more

A:control panel won't open

Hello and welcome to Bleeping ComputerWe apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. If you have not done so, include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Upon completing the steps below another staff member will review and take the steps necessary with you to get your machine back in working order clean and free of malware.If you have already posted a DDS log, please do so again, as your situation may have changed.Use the 'Add Reply' and add the new log to this thread.Thanks and again sorry for the delay.We need to see some information about what is happening in your machine. Please perform the following scan:Download DDS by sUBs from one of the following links. Save it to your desktop.DDS.scrDDS.pifDouble click on the DDS icon, allow it to run.A small box will open, with an explaination about the tool. No input is needed, the scan is running.Notepad will open with the results.Foll... Read more

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Whenever I go to Start>Control Panel, I recieve the error message that Windows Explorer has encountered a problem and needs to close (The one with send error report or don't send). I click the link that says "To see what data this report contains, click here." The error signature is as follows:

AppName: explorer.exe
AppVer: 6.0.2800.1106
ModName: shlwapi.dll
ModVer: 6.0.2800.1612
Offset: 0003384b

My OS is XP, and this has only recently been happening. Please tell me if you need more information. Thanks.

A:Can't open control panel.

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i cant open Network and Sharing Center either. when i open it i get this message, "Windows Explorer has stopped working. " then that message changes to "Windows Explorer is restarting." help please !!!

A:Can't Open control panel

Hello Damastah.

Try opening Command Prompt (Run as Admin) and type:

sfc /scannow

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When I try to open anything in the control panel, I get a message:

Windows cannot find C:\WINDOWS\system32\rundll32.exe

I don't know what to do.

A:Can't open anything in Control Panel

Check to see if there are any corrupt or missing system files using scannow sfc.

To do this simply go to the Run box on the Start Menu and type in:

sfc /scannow

This command will immediately initiate the Windows File Protection service to scan all protected files and verify their integrity, replacing any files with which it finds a problem.

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Message appears "cannot find rundll32.exe". Have tried two registry cleaners.
Have tried the system restore method (will not let me restore). Have tried
the safe mode method. Cannot reinstall because I bought computer with
everything already installed (no system cds). Have also tried a host of other
ideas from different websites. Nothing works. I am afraid, because of the
internet volume that I do, that the cookies will build to a level that it will
crash the computer(cannot delete them either). Have a Dell Optiplex GX280
with a windows XP professional. Please help if you can

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Every time i try to open the Control Panel on this computer i get a message that says "Windows Explorer has encontered a problem and needs to close". Is it a virus or what. How can i fix it.

A:Can't open Control Panel

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Since this morning I can't open the CONTROL PANEL, after going start>control panel, the control panel comes up but then i get this message , "WINDOWS EXPLORER HAS STOPPED WORKING" and after that "WINDOWS EXPLORER IS RESTARTING" , all windows close and everything restarts. HEEEEELP !!!!

A:can't open control panel

Have heard of this before,many ppl seem to be having this problem.

Try "changing the Start Menu to Classic and then access Control Panel "
Also try deleting those ".db" files,they sometimes cause a problem.

Since this can be because of many things, make sure u have Windows Firewall turned ON , and a good Updated Antivirus Installed.

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when I click on control panel nothing happens?

A:cant open control panel

never mind, I figured out the problem and I feel

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Hello all,
I am new to this forum so if this post is already here somewhere, i apologize. I cannot open the control panel. Whenever i try i get an error saying Windows Explorer has encountered a problem and needs to close. I have also tried to open it in Internet Explorer, but it just says that Internet Exp. has encountered an error and needs to close. I have run virus scans from my desktop and from the internet. I have downloaded every available update from the windows update website and I have scanned for everything i can think of and i still come up with nothing. The only time i have any problem is when i try to open the Control Panel. My computer info is in my sig. Thanks in advance for the help.

A:Cannot open Control Panel

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I have Windows XP and when I click on Control Panel it just flickers and won't open then goes back to my desktop screen all my icons go away for a few seconds then come back. What is up with this? Even if I go to My Computer and click on Control Panel there, it does the same thing.

Here's a Hijack:

Logfile of HijackThis v1.98.2
Scan saved at 11:28:09 PM, on 01/25/2005
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7Debug\mdm.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton SystemWorks\Norton Utilities\NPROTECT.EXE
C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\SAVScan.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\CCPD-LC\symlcsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Creative\ShareDLL\CtNotify.exe
C:\Program Files\Creative\ShareDLL\MediaDet.Exe
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A:Can't Open Control Panel?

Heres some information on your control panel, hope it helps.,aid,97440,00.asp

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My control panel will not open.
If I click on it, my desktop top screen goes to a solid blue color (like you are ending the process of Explorer) and then my desktop comes back.
I have run my virus scan with all the latest dat files and no viruses are found.
I am unsure why this has started happening.
Has anyone experienced this before and what is the fix?
Oh, I have also gone into Safe Mode as Administrator and the same thing happens. I have cleared out my temp folders under every user name and that didn't help either.

Thanks for your help,

A:Control Panel will not open

Well, let's get the spyware possibilited out of the way.

Follow the instructions in this link. Once you post your Hijackthis Log (in this thread), one of the mods will move it to the Hijackthis Help forum.

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Can someone please help me to correct my computer?
Board: IBM 2648EU2
Bus Clock: 133 megahertz
BIOS: IBM 1AET62WW (1.18 ) 07/06/2004
I am running windows 2000 and IE 6.0
I cannot access my control panel for one
internet explorer keeps giving me error messages and no error numbers
I have no restoration or windows cd
I did reinstall internet explorer but i am still having these problems
Any assistance would be greatly appreciated
Thank you

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Mainboard : Gigabyte GA-K8N-SLi
Chipset : nVidia nForce4
Processor : AMD Athlon 64 3800+ @ 2400MHz
Physical Memory : 4096MB (4 x 1024 DDR-SDRAM )
Video Card : NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT (Microsoft Corporation - WDDM v1.1)
Hard Disk : Seagate ST3320620AS ATA Device (320GB)
DVD-Rom Drive : DVD-16X DVD-ROM BDV316C
Monitor Type : VW222 - 22 inches
Network Card : NVIDIA nForce Networking Controller
Operating System : Windows 7 Ultimate Professional Media Center 6.01.7600 (32-bit)
DirectX : Version 11.00

Hi i have done a reinstall of windows 7 32 bit
But couldn't boot from cd as usb keyboard would not work (can't get in to bios to change it)
So installed windows in windows it was ok till i updated windows
I must have installed on board sound and think it is now conflicting with my Xfire sound card
Can't open Controll panel as Explorer shuts it self down
And can't do a reset to another date as it says can' open a certian file

How can i uninsall a program by not using c/p

Problem signature:
Problem Event Name: APPCRASH
Application Name: Explorer.EXE
Application Version: 6.1.7600.16450
Application Timestamp: 4aeba271
Fault Module Name: CTMLFX32.dll
Fault Module Version:
Fault Module Timestamp: 483f9682
Exception Code: c0000005
Exception Offset: 000094c5
OS Version: 6.1.7600.
Locale ID: 2057
Additional Information 1: a7aa
A... Read more

A:Can't open Control Panel

Can you bring up a run prompt (hold the windows key and hit "R")? If so, type "appwiz.cpl" (without the quotations in both cases) and you should bring up the add/remove programs window.

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hello. what to do when I can't enter Control Panel. It will not open? please help!EDIT: Moved to a more appropriate forum...Please include what operating system you are using

A:Control Panel will not open

What happens when you try to open it? Any error messages?

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My control panel will no longer open. System restore does not seem to work. Here is the error I receive when trying to open control panel. Any help would be great.

Problem signature:
Problem Event Name: APPCRASH
Application Name: Explorer.EXE
Application Version: 6.0.6002.18005
Application Timestamp: 49e01da5
Fault Module Name: ntdll.dll
Fault Module Version: 6.0.6002.18881
Fault Module Timestamp: 51da3e27
Exception Code: c0000005
Exception Offset: 00066609
OS Version: 6.0.6002.
Locale ID: 1033
Additional Information 1: fd00
Additional Information 2: ea6f5fe8924aaa756324d57f87834160
Additional Information 3: fd00
Additional Information 4: ea6f5fe8924aaa756324d57f87834160

A:Control panel will not open

Any particular error message when trying to open the Control Panel?

Press the Windows key + R to open a Run box.

Type control

Press Enter.

Still not opening?

Can you open other items from the Control Panel through the Run command, like the following:

appwiz.cpl (Programs and Features)

ncpa.cpl (Network Properties)

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Suddenly and for no apparent reason Control Panel will not open on my Win 7 64-bit computer. If I go to the Start Menu and click on Control Panel link there, an icon for the Control Panel appears on the task bar, but no Control Panel window is open! If I move the cursor over the icon on the task bar I can see a miniature version of All Control Panel Items, but NO LARGER CONTROL PANEL WINDOW will open. Weird. If I just try clicking on the task bar Control Panel icon nothing happens, unless I right-click on it and click <Close Window>, then it will close. Other links to the Control Panel also fail to open the actual Control Panel, and merely produce a task bar icon. Has anyone ever encountered this before? Any clues as to how to fix this? Thanks for any and all advice!

A:Control Panel Won't Open!

You could try a system restore to a point before the problem occurred.

If that doesn't work you could try a full anti-virus scan with Malwarebytes.

You can download it here: Malwarebytes : Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is a free download that removes viruses and malware from your computer

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My wife's computer (3 yr old Dell low end Laptop) is exhibiting all kinds of strangeness and I am at a loss for how to sort it out. Here is a list of known events

Her computer was acting odd with McAfee using lots of CPU. She'd been having a lot a trouble with it and she was stuck in some kind of loop where it would tell her it was out of date but then when she told it to update it would say there were no updates available.

So I bought a copy of Norton AV and Webroot Spy Sweeper. I ran scans with Spybot Search and Destroy and AdAware, found and deleted some tracking cookies. I then used Devo to remove the the McAfee stuff and installed NortonAV and SpySweeper. Ran full scans. Found and deleted some tracking cookies.

Yesterday she tried to install an Opera update, she got a message that the Windows installer service was not active and that this meant that it either couldn't find the service or it wasn't installed correctly. I told her to bring up Control Panel and look at Services to check the status of the installer.

As soon as she tried to open Control Panel, the machine became unresponsive.

I have fooled around with it since and determined that once this happens you can alt-tab between application that were running and that they appeared to work normally.

How should I proceed to figure this out?

A:Win XP can't open Control Panel

I don't use Norton AV myself but have heard of a lot of folks having issues with it, although it is a good AV. Try disabling Norton and see if you can open the Control Panel.

You can also get to services by clicking on Start>>Run.

In Run type "services.msc" without the quotes, and click OK.

In services look for Windows installer and be sure it is set to either automatic or manual and the service is started.

Whenever I install anything on my system I always disable my antivirus (NOD32) and my firewall (Commodo). These items have a tendency to interfere with installations.

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When I try to open the Control Panel, all I get is the "Windows Explorer Has Stopped Working" error. And, of course my control panel does not open.

Looking at my reliability monitor shows rundll32.exe repeatedly "stopped working" under my application failures.

I also get the error that Windows Sidebar has stopped working everytime I boot up.

I am unsure if these happenings are related and am unsuccessful in figuring out how to fix it. I am also assuming upon running a spyware scan and removal may be the causing factor.

Any help is appreciated.

I am using Windows Vista Basic

A:When I Try To Open My Control Panel

Hi ArmyDoll1)Try running Chkdsk for errors:Go to Start>> Computer Right click the hard disk that you would like to test. Select Properties Select the Tools tab Click the Check Now button under Error-Checking. You may be prompted for an administrators password or confirmation at this point. Select the option: "Automatically fix file system errors" Select the option: "Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors". Selecting this option will perform a thorough scan of your selected hard disk and attempt to fix any physical errors on the drive. Depending on the size of your hard disk, this could take quite some time to complete. For best results, avoid using your computer system during this process. Click Start 2) If chkdsk didn't help you can try to restore your computer back to when things did work:Go to Start>> All Programs>> Accessories>> System Tools>> System Restore Click Next Select "Choose a different restore point" Click Next Select a date and time that you would like to restore to. Click Next to begin the process In the confirmation prompt, select Yes. Once system restore has completed the process, your computer will restart.

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My problem started a long time ago, maybe a year. I have not taken action until now when it is annoying me too much. I've tried to fix it by running some vista tweaks, and running some virus scans and such. Both have been unsuccessful and i have not been caught with any viruses. There are NO error messages, loads, makes a process, but never opens. My specs are Summary: My problem is that my control panel WILL NOT OPEN. I have tried for a long time to get it to work. I try to open it, and it loads, but never opens up. My task manager looks something like I am requesting assistance from my fellow vista users. Thank you beforehand, purerange899.

A:Control Panel won't open

I have seen this problem prior. Make sure that you obtain all your windows updates.

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Hey I when ever I try to open Control panel I get this error: This operation has been cancelled due to restrictions in effect on this computer. Please contact your system administrator.

My Laptop is a:
Windows 7 64 bit
Intel Graphics card
Intel Pentium

I was hacked about a month ago and it would not allow my task manager to open so I thought this was the case but I ran my Norton anti virus and the program that got rid of the task manager dis-abler (SUPERantispyware) but no virus' showed up so im not sure what is happening I have read many forums and they say type appwiz.cpl in run but it says the same thing so I don't know if im being hack or my computer is just ****ed so please get back to me as soon as you can thanks


A:My Control Panel Won't open?

Hello, and welcome to Seven Forums.

First, I would recommend to do a full scan of your system with Malwarebytes free just to help make sure that you system is clean.

Afterwards, see if the tutorial below may be able to help you to enable access to your Control Panel again.Control Panel - Enable or Disable - Vista Forums
Do you have access to your Task Manager? If not, then the tutorial below may help to enable it again.Task Manager - Enable or Disable - Vista Forums
Hope this helps,

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Hi all,

I am trying to clear my parents' computer of spyware. The thing that brought my attention to their infection was the brastk.exe virus causing pop-ups on the Start menu. I believe I removed that infection, but I have a new problem:

For some reason I cannot open the Control Panel -- the error reads as follows: "The instruction at "0x04281b76" referenced memory at "0x00000000". The memory could not be "written". Click OK to terminate the program, Click on CANCEL to debug the program"

When I click OK, explorer crashes and then starts again. If I click Cancel (to Debug), the debugger/crash manager crashes as well. I started the computer in Safe Mode and found a new User that I hadn't created: Administrator. Not sure if this is a fake one or if the malware has caused a real one to be hidden or something.

Any thoughts on what malware could be causing this?? Here is my HJT log.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 6:00:04 PM, on 11/28/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16735)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-... Read more

A:I can't open the Control Panel! :(

I fixed it! Wanted to update everyone.

I downloaded and installed Malwarebyte's Anti-Malware, which found instances of the trojan associated with brastk.exe that the others hadn't found. Deleted them, and now I'm able to use the Control Panel!!

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Im a windows 7 Home premium user.
i cant seem to open my control panel.
Whenever i press start , i clicked control panel, it only come out at the taskbox.
but it wont appear on the desktop.
it happen to my window live messenger also ( miracle-ly it can open on the desktop now. ) HELP PLEASE! i cant personalize my desktop or whatever shit.

A:I Cant Open My Control Panel!

Welcome aboard

What happens if you click the taskbar icon of control panel ? Any maximization or minimization action ?

Can you access control panel if you are in safe mode ?

Rin SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker, see if it can solve the issue or not.

Post back with results .

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I am running windows XP and everytime I try to open control panel, i get an error that says explorer encountered a problem and needs to restart. I tried running control.exe from command prompt and got same error. Please help!

A:Control Panel will not open!

I would try running the sfc /scannow command.How To Use Sfc.exe To Repair System Files - Louis

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I click on Start/My Computer/Control Panel. The screen goes momentarily to the blank background screen, then all the icons and tool bar show back up--but no control panel opens. I am running Windows XP on a Dell computer. Please help. THANKS!


A:Why can't I open my Control Panel?

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So, I have removed all viruses, but have no way to uninstall any adware unless there is an uninstall utility in the actual install folder becuase my control panel will not open. When I select the Control Panel my desktop goes blank and then my desktop returns but no Control Panel.

I appreciate any other suggestions.

Thank you,
Joe :)

A:Control Panel will not open

Try running this script.

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Umm, I keep trying to open things from the windows xp control panel and nothing is happening.

I don't know what the problem is.

A:Cant open anything in the control panel?

hello ,

now what i need to do is go to your (device manager)

now once there you will want to select from the toolbar of the window(veiw) then a drop down menu / from it you will select (show all hidden devices)

now if you see any (red or yellow) quotation marks , make a note of what they

now go to the (event veiwer) this is thru the (administrator tools) in the control panel
here you will find 3 to 4 subcatagories

you will want to check each of them for this is where windows keeps track of all errors
now you will want to make notes of the errors that have been recorded ( you do not have to make notes of double entries just of the dates of their happenings & how many there is)
you will get more information on the errors if you (right) click them / then select properties


do you have a Windows Xp cd, not the restore cd's that come with some systems, the cd will have the Windows logo & 3D hollowgram/image on it

if you do not maybe you can barrow one from a friend/family member/co-worker as long as it is the same version that is on your system

if you have (Windows XP Home Ed. sp2 ) then the cd will have to be that / if you have a cd with (Windows XP Home Ed. )you will have to sliptream (SP2 ) onto a disk that you create

this also applies to (Windows XP Professsional )

now if you do have the Windows XP cd with sp2 please follow these steps

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I cannot open control panel when I select it. If I try to open several other items like SFC, the flash open for a second and then go away. I have uploaded the file.Please help.EDIT: Removed HJT log attached, not allowed in XP forum ~ Hamluis.

A:Cannot open control panel in xp

Typically...running sfc /scannow and other commands...may need to be run from the command prompt, rather than by going Start/Run.

I am removing your attached log, since the symptoms described thus far...are evidence of system problems, not malware.

<<If I try to open several other items like SFC, the flash open for a second and then go away.>>

Be particular, please...what other items?


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After installing windows 10, whenever I try to open Control Panel, the system stops and explorer stops working and relaunches. Then, the control panel also closes on its own. This happens whenever I try to open control panel.

A:Cannot open Control Panel

Hi and Welcome to TSF!

Windows 10 was released today, and the control panel bug is a known issue. Try running SFC /scannow from the command prompt.

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Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 6:14:43 PM, on 3/16/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Analog Devices\Core\smax4pnp.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\j2re1.4.2_03\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Modem Event Monitor\IntelMEM.exe
C:\Program Files\CyberLink\PowerDVD\DVDLauncher.exe
C:\Program Files\Musicmatch\Musicmatch Jukebox\mm_tray.exe
C:\Program Files\Real\RealPlayer\RealPlay.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\UpdateService\issch.exe
C:\Program Files\Dell\Media Experience\DMXLauncher.exe
C:\Program Files\Musicmatch\Musicmatch Jukebox\mmtask.exe
C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe
C:\Program Files\CA\eTrust EZ Armor\eTrust EZ Antivirus\ISafe.exe
C:\Program Files\CA\eTrust EZ Armor\eTrust Anti-Spam\QSP-\QOELoader.exe
C:\Program Files\CA\eTrust EZ Armor\eTrust EZ Antivirus\CAVTray.exe
C:\Program Files\CA\eTrust EZ Armor\eTrust EZ Antivirus\CAVRID.exe
C:\Program Files\Dell Support\DSAgnt.exe
C:\Program ... Read more

A:HJT log -- please help -- cannot open control panel

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Am trying to access control panel with no luck.

When click start - contol panel - add or remove programs i get the following message

Windows Explorer has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

When I click performance and maintenence - disk clean up - I get dialogue box stating calculating, but after 3 attempts and waiting 1 hour each time, I decided it wasn't working

I was able to run defragmenter through start- accessories - defragmentor

Also have been getting low on virtual memory warnings and computer is running extrememly extrememly slow

I have NortonAntivirus 2005 with Norton Systrm Works - detects no viruses
Webroot Spy Sweeper - detects no problems( did get message a few weeks ago about possible rootkit masked files)
Spybot - detects no problens
Ad-aware - detects no problems
Blacklight - detects no problems

Any suggestions ? Can you help?


A:can't open control panel - please help

Hi beachball

Rare to hear of an XP system with virtual memory trouble. Did you see an error message that mentioned virtual memory? Did you alter the amount in the System Properties menus? [My Computer/Properties/Advanced/Performance/Settings/Advanced/Virtual Memory]. I prefer to let XP handle the virtual memory, it does so pretty well on the average - you can select "Change" and then make sure that "System managed size" has a selected mark in it's box.

Double-check the rootkit angle with SysInternal's tool, "Rootkit Revealer"
Process Explorer can give you a good glimpse of what's running
And AutoRuns can help you identify anything you might want to trim from Startup

Do you have fairly complete backups? The fairly extreme zero-write, bios flash, repartition/reformat/reinstall (aka "nuke and pave") does kill any rootkits or other hidden malare, including successful remote break-ins. But that's the extreme side of secure.

The Control Panel behavior should be something that might respond well to a System Restore - if the trouble started recently enough. Restore to a date before the Control Panel applets started acting up. This may also help with the explorer trouble, too. Sometimes a repair of IE (or moving to a more recent version) can help some interface issu... Read more

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Computer seems to run OK -- maybe a bit slow -- but I can't open control panel unless in safe mode-- something's obviously not right. any suggestions?

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Can you access your control panel tools through Run? The Control Panel is a part of Explorer (windows explorer), so it's not really it's own separate process (proof of this can be seen if you open Control panel, look in your Task Manager (Control alt Delete, then right click on the control panel and select "Go To Process" the process that starts is explorer.exe)

Anyhow, I would check with the Run Commands, the various control panel tools...I posted them in an earlier post tonight, here they are again, if you missed my post:

Here are the commands again, reposted, this time a little bit easier to read
Run commands for Windows XP:

Control Panel Item ----------> Run Command
Accessibility Controls ---------->access.cpl
Add Hardware ---------->hdwwiz.cpl
Add/Remove Programs ---------->appwiz.cpl
Administrative Tools ---------->control.exe admintools
Date and Time Properties ---------->timedate.cpl
Display Properties ---------->control.exe desktop
Display Properties w/ Appearance Tab Preselected ---------->control.exe color
Display the Scheduled Tasks Folder ---------->control.exe schedtasks
Findfast ---------->findfast.cpl
Folders Properties ---------->folders
Fonts ---------->control.exe fonts
Game Controllers ---------->joy.cpl
Internet Properties ---------->inetcpl.cpl
Keyboard Properties ---------->control.exe keyboard
Mouse Properties ---------->control.exe mouse
Network Connections ----... Read more

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Hi i am operating XP Home and everytime I open the control panel i get a window saying that WE has encounted a problem and needs to shut down, It then goes blank and an empty desktop shows and eventually the icons.
Please help as I am having all sorts of probs...this is one of many

A:i cant open the control panel

Using Internet Explorer (Firefox doesn't work on this site) scan your computer for malware: it fix what it finds.Then go to Microsoft and download, install and update the Microsoft Anti-Spyware application. Run it and let it fix whatever it finds. after each and then come back and tell us what happened.

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I am trying to delete some extra printers on my print program. However, I cannot open my Control Panel. All it does is run the green line across but never opens. Can anyone help me. Thanks, Micromos

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I'm having a fairly long time problem of not being able to access the nVidia Control Panel for my GeForce 6800. I was able to at one time, but after installing a newer driver version, I've lost the ability to access the control panel and I have not yet been able to access it again. When I try to load it, I get the waiting cursor, but after a few seconds, it reverts back and noting loads. The last version that I believe I had the control panel working was 162.18, and I think it stopped working when I tried to update from that to 163.75, but I can't be sure of it. I have 169.21 right now.

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hello ,

what you may have done is down loaded the wrong drivers for your card ??

i have done this befor !!

so go back to the home site for your card & compare the versions

also you may need a patch for the upgrade from the home site for the card ??

now when installing the new drivers & software for the card did you uninstall the older version then reboot & install the newer version then reboot

just need to ask


now what i need to do is go to your (device manager)

now once there you will want to select from the toolbar of the window(veiw) then a drop down menu / from it you will select (show all hidden devices)

now if you see any (red or yellow) quotation marks , make a note of what they

now go to the (event veiwer) this is thru the (administrator tools) in the control panel
here you will find 3 to 4 subcatagories

you will want to check each of them for this is where windows keeps track of all errors
now you will want to make notes of the errors that have been recorded ( you do not have to make notes of double entries just of the dates of their happenings & how many there is)
you will get more information on the errors if you (right) click them / then select properties

then get back to us

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This is a fun one.

The sound CP functioned.
I added USB headset--still functioned.
I installed drivers for my X-Plosion--still functioned.
Rebooted--no longer functioned.

At this point I cannot access the sound CP, nor the playback/recording devices screens, though the devices all function correctly.

Has anyone experienced this?

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Quote: Originally Posted by badcaps

This is a fun one.

The sound CP functioned.
I added USB headset--still functioned.
I installed drivers for my X-Plosion--still functioned.
Rebooted--no longer functioned.

At this point I cannot access the sound CP, nor the playback/recording devices screens, though the devices all function correctly.

Has anyone experienced this?

Hi badcaps and welcome to Windows Seven Forums!

With the information you have provided, it would seem there is a conflict with the default Windows audio driver and the Auzen audio drivers. I would suggest you remove all audio drivers, reboot, remove any audio driver remnants (check again), and when clean re-install the Auzen drivers and reboot.

Please post back with any additional info you might be able to supply?


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If i click start,control panel it opens as a reduced icon to the task bar but wont open so as i can see the actual control panel?
The only way i can access control panel is computer then the link at the top open control panel which it does.
how can i get the control panel to open from start-control panel.
This has only just started to happen?

A:control panel wont open

Hello McGoo,

Since it has an opened icon on the taskbar, it's window may just be offscreen. If so, then you could use the method in the tutorial below to drag it back onscreen.

Offscreen Window - Move Back to Desktop

Hope this helps,

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just had the malware virus called xp antimalware managed to get it off by using these 2 websites and i downloaded malwarebytes now its working good, except for some new problems now i cant open any program in the control panel i get the message saying C:\WINDOWS\system32\rundll32\.exe "application not found" also files that i choose to open like firefox for example acts weird and i get the message what program do i want to open the browser with

A:cant open programs in control panel

Try this fix: EXEFIX

Save the .reg file to your desktop. Double-click it to merge it to the registry.


If the fix only opens as a text file, right-click it and select Open With > Choose Program... Then, select the Registry Editor.

If the Registry Editor is not in the list, browse to C:\WINDOWS and select regedit.

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I dont know what did it, but suddenly I seem to be unable to open most of the items in the control panel including display, add remove programs, And system. It seems that all the ones that wont open are ones that open into a new window. I have been able to get them to open a few times, twice directly after doing a registy clean with Ontrack system Suite. I don't know if this will help but All I've installed recently is mem turbo, ontrack system Suite, and drivers for my digital camera. I tried a system restore but the one that went back the farthest wasn't far enough... Any Suggetions?

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I am trying to uninstall Logitech quick came and when I go to the control panel or try to uninstall a diff way I receive an error Windows\system\LQCUl2.dll was not found. One of the library files needed to open this application can not be found. In fact. I get the error just by clicking on the folder Control Panel. My computer freezes, and locks up. I bought regcure and it didn't help resolve the issue, my system, well I can't restore it because there are no restore points which is strange. I'd appreciate all help you can assist me with me. Thank you.. and here is the log.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 10:16:05 AM, on 6/21/2008
Platform: Windows ME (Win9x 4.90.3000)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:

R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = Read more

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dont know what when wrong but I cannot access my audio devices control panel. Control Panel...Hardware and Sound..Manage Audio Devices. Nothing happens. Only a brief flicker. I also cannot change system sounds. Any idea what could be the problem? or at least how to go about debugging it.

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Hi jranaudo, for us to help you we need to know your system spec, please fill in the spec for your system in the CP section.

Also, Welcome to the "Seven Forums."

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Hello, first time poster here, so I apologize for any mistakes or errors:

My computer seems to be infected with some DOS Trojans. Microsoft Security Essentials will detect and remove, but they come back when I restart. MalawareBytes finds them too, but they seems to reappear every time I restart. The weird thing that seems to be happening is that whenever I try to open Control Panel, I get a Restriction message (see image).

Any ideas? I am drawing a blank.

Thanks in advance for any help!!

A:Retrictions when trying to open Control Panel

Download,update and run a full scan Post the clean logDownloadTDSSkillerLaunch it.Click on change parameters-Select TDLFS file systemClick on "Scan".Please post the LOG report(log file should be in your C drive) Please download GMER from here(doesnot work on 64 bit OS) disable any real-time active protection so your security programs will not conflict with gmer's driver.GMER will open to the Rootkit/Malware tab and perform an automatic Full Scan when first run. (do not use the computer while the scan is in progress)If you receive a WARNING!!! about rootkit activity and are asked to fully scan your NO.Now click the Scan button. If you see a rootkit warning window, click OK.When the scan is finished, click the Save... button to save the scan results to your Desktop. Save the file as gmer.log.Click the Copy button and paste the results into your next reply. DownloadaswMBRLaunch it, allow it to download latest Avast! virus definitionsClick the "Scan" button to start scan.After scan finishes,click on Save logPost the log results here

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Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1Scan saved at 21:27:13, on 03/05/2006Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)Running processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\NetworkAccessManager\bin\nTrayFw.exeC:\Program Files\Motherboard Monitor 5\MBM5.EXEC:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exeC:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgupsvc.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\CTsvcCDA.EXED:\Program Files\Diskeeper Corporation\Diskeeper\DkService.exeC:\Program Files\ewido anti-malware\ewidoctrl.exeC:\Program Files\ewido anti-malware\ewidoguard.exeC:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\NetworkAccessManager\Apache Group\Apache2\bin\apache.exeC:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\NetworkAccessManager\bin\nSvcIp.exeC:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\NetworkAccessManager\bin\nSvcLog.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\nvsvc32.exeC:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\NetworkAccessManager\Apache Group\Apache2\bin\... Read more

A:Cant Open Mycomputer Or Control Panel

Hi Ben,Your log looks clean. Let's see if there are some restrictions in your registry hiding:Please run Notepad and copy the following text into a new file:regedit /e peek1.txt "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer"regedit /e peek2.txt "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer"type peek1.txt >> export.txttype peek2.txt >> export.txtdel peek*.txtstart notepad export.txtSave the file as export.bat and make sure the "Save as type" field says "All files". This is how the batch must look afterwards: Locate export.bat on your Desktop and double-click on it. It will open Notepad with some text in it. Please post the contents of that Notepad here along with a new HiJackThis log.

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when i click on control lanel to open it it only flash really quick and that is it .
do you know what could cauce this .
like last nite it open no problem .this morning all it did is flash .

A:control panel only flash and do not open

When you click on "Control Panel", it launches the program "control.exe". You can launch it from the "run" selection simply by typing "control". See if that works. If it doesn't, you may want to check the "control.exe" file in your Windows System directory and see if it had a recent date (implying a modification) and also run an anti-virus check on it.

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Hey everyone, I am running windows 8.1 and it has been running fine for a while. Suddenly I found that I cannot open different components in Control Panel. These include, Network and Sharing Center, System, Windows Update, Firewall, Devices and Printers etc. I can get into control panel but cannot open these settings. I have run malware scans and also tried repair tools. I have done a registry clean as well. Please suggest any steps to try and get this fixed. I don't want to reinstall or refresh windows. Thanks in advance guys.

A:Cannot Open Most Settings in Control Panel

Hey everyone,
Please help...
I have tried several things to get this fixed.
I tried sfc /scannow which said that there are issues. I have generated the logs and there are a lot of hash mismatches saying "Cannot repair member file".
I then tried using DISM which also failed with error 0x800f081f and also saying "The restore operation failed. Either the repair source was not found or the component store cannot be repaired."
Please help with any suggestions.
Thank you.

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When I right-click the speaker icon in the system tray and choose Playback, Recording, or Sounds nothing happens. I usually use this function often as I use a USB headset at times and to adjust the Line In volume (for my Xbox 360). I can't recall my changing anything recently that would have caused this. I have tried updating the Realtek drivers, but I'm not entirely sure which ones I should be downloading. but I suspect there may be a different issue.

A:Can't open sound control panel

In many cases where something has worked and all of a sudden does not work, using the System Restore function and restoring the PC back to a date when it did work will fix these types of problems. System Restore MAY take care of this problem, too. System Restore can be accessed from Start/Programs/Accessories/System Tools.

System Restore will not delete any user data or e-mails.

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I have Win XP prof SP2, new install.

Goto control panel, click on Folder Options, or Task and Start Menu, and when I click on them I get a window as if the command are un associated files,

Open With:
Choose the program you want to open with this file:

Then a list of applications

However if i right click on Start > properties, the taskbar and start menu properties come up....

why are my icons in control panel broken and how do I fix?

any ideas?

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I have an HP7900 16GB memory using Vista 64

I have a big problem as I can't install / remove any software. Can't access outlook 2003 (it just hangs, just like when I try to install / remove software)

I can't use the restore programmes either (Just hangs as above)

This all stated when a red cross appeared on my networking icon in the bottom right of the screen.

I have tried to down load registry checkers but as above, they can't install.

I can still access the internet and use all my adobe software, all office except outlook and use the internet.

Has anyone else seen this?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.



A:Can't open outlook or use control panel

Have you tried to restore to a point prior to this issue by using safe mode and the administrator account login

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I am unable to open my control panel and my taskbar looks weird

A:Unable to open Control Panel

Just a few random thoughts that might help. Not much info to go on.

- Did you recently install something (new program, updates, etc) that caused CP/taskbar issues? Uninstall.
- Did you have recent malware problems? Run full scans with your AV and free Malwarebytes.
- Have you tried System Restore to a date/time prior to issues?
- Have you checked for damaged or corrupt system files? Use option two this tutorial from elevated command prompt. If problems are found run scan 3 times rebooting after each scan.

It would help if you filled in your system specs (top menu bar any forum page > User CP > Edit System Spec left column.) Also helpful to know how long this problem has been going on and how you first noticed it (did it happen while you were on the computer doing something or did you shut down the machine and there it was the next time you powered back up?) Please post back if anything above helped or not.

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Dts audio control panel is not open after install the updates in hp support assistant of realtek hd audio.

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I have a problem with microsoft explorer. If I try to access control panel, my computer, a file folder, or internet explorer, I get the same error message: Microsoft Explore has committed an error and needs to close, then explorer closes and opens itself again, with nothing being solved. I am really stumped about this error. I think that I have a virus, but I can't disinfect since explorer has to be running in order to run anti-virus. I tried reinstalling windows with no change in the error message. I didn't post the complete error message since I had to access the internet from a school computer to post this forum.

I was planning on reformating my hard drive anyway, but I would have liked to get my files and programs backed up beforehand.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Cannot open any files, control panel, or IE!

can you run adaware and spybot[download them to a cd- homesite links below]?[perhaps cwshredder to[click 'FIX']....

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I wasn't able to find much of anything trying to search, so if there's a thread out there on this topic please forward me to it. Anyway, the problem I'm having is that I can't open up ANY programs on my laptop. About the only thing I can do is open folders and view the contents. I can't open any individual files either. I had this problem on my desktop and after letting it run any copy my My Documents folder to my external HD while I was at work, it worked fine when I got home (it was disconnected from the internet too). Didn't even reboot. I don't really know how it got fixed. Now my laptop is doing the same thing. I can run system restore with safe mode, but if I try to load up my profile is normal mode, nothing works again, even after the restore. I can open programs in Safe mode (MS office etc.) but only in safe mode. When ever I try to open something in normal mode I get this error: "Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file.You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item." I'm an administrator on the computer so I'm not sure what the heck is going on. I'd rather figure out what's going on instead of just formatting, so if anyone can help it would be GREATLY appreciated. Thanks in advance!

A:Can't open any programs, control panel, etc.

TallboysWRF, Go to the link below and scroll down to line 12 (left column) and click on "EXE (lnk and regfile) Fix for Windows XP" to download a reg file fix. Save the REG File to your hard disk. Double click it and answer yes to the import prompt.

If you can't access the Internet use another computer to download it onto a floppy or CD and transfer it to the problem computer. If you can't run the file do the following:

Press CTRL-ALT-DEL and open Task Manager. Once there, click File, then hold down the CTRL key and click New Task (Run). This will open a Command Prompt window. Enter REGEDIT.EXE and press Enter. Once regedit is open click File>Import and locate that reg file fix, hilite it and click Open.


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from the desktop or from the Start menu. explorer.exe randomly consumes 100% cpu usage and has to be shut down from task manager or a reboot. Sometimes after ending the explorer.exe process, I get the "send/dont' send" error report option to Microsoft. Norton & Windows Defender found nothing, and ad-aware SE hangs on Software\Microsoft\WIndows\CurrentVersion\SharedDLLs.
Anyone experienced this or have a solution?
XP Pro 2002 SP2
Dell D800 notebook

A:IE, WE, My Comp, Control Panel won't open

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The dts  audio control panel is not open  i  try many times . OS-Window 7 64bit {OEM} Model Name-HP r006tu.

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A:DTS Audio Control Panel Not Open

Hi, Try the following. Download the Realtek Audio installer on the link below and save it to your Downloads folder. When done, open windows Control Panel, open Device Manager and open up Sound, Video and Game Controllers.  Right click the Realtek device and select Uninstall - you should also get a prompt to remove the current driver, tick the box to allow this and then proceed with the uninstall. When complete, download and reinstall the Chipset driver on the following link. When the Chipset reinstallation has completed, shutdown the notebook. Unplug the AC Adapter and then remove the battery.  Hold down the Power button for 30 seconds.  Re-insert the battery and plug in the AC Adapter. Start then notebook and when Windows has loaded, open your Downloads folder, right click on the Realtek Audio installer and select 'Run as Administrator' to start the installation.  When this has completed, restart the notebook. Let windows fully load for a few minutes before checking if the DTS control panel will now open Ok. Regards, DP-K

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