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Get "Windows cannot find (null)" when opening Control Panel


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#1 MrSly

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Posted 11 December 2009 - 05:40 PM

Hi,

Whenever I try to open Control Panel (Start-Settings-Control panel) I get the message "Windows cannot find (null)". If I do a Start-Run-"control" it works fine. How can I check and possibly fix the shortcut to this program?

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Posted 11 December 2009 - 06:02 PM

If it opens OK with the command, it's a corrupt shortcut.
Just delete it and make a new one
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Posted 11 December 2009 - 07:15 PM

Hey garmanma,

Thanks for the response. How would I go about doing that? How do I change it in the Start-Settings menu?

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Posted 12 December 2009 - 07:47 PM

Open Windows Explorer, scroll down to Control Panel,
click once on it to highlight, then from the Windows Explorer
Toolbar select: File > Control Panel > Create Shortcut.


or

Right-Click a blank space on the Desktop and select New => Shortcut. Enter
the following for the path:
%windir%\system32\control.exe


Edited by garmanma, 12 December 2009 - 07:47 PM.

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#5 MrSly

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Posted 13 December 2009 - 07:07 PM

What you said to do only seems to make a shortcut on my desktop. While interesting, not what I'm trying to accomplish. I'd really like to know how to be able to click on Start-Settings-Control Panel and have it actually go to the Control Panel instead of saying it can't find NULL. As I said, I can get to it from Start-Run, but the shortcut inside the start menu is incorrect and I'd like to replace it somehow.

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Posted 13 December 2009 - 09:17 PM

from what i have read the first thing to check is scan for virus and malware.

if you go to the taskbar properties, click customize, advanced tab, there are options for control panel. i am wondering if you tell it not to display this item and apply the changes, then change it to "display as a link" and apply these changes would that repair the link ?

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Posted 13 December 2009 - 10:37 PM

Interesting idea. I did as you described, and found that Control Panel works with the "New" version of the Start Menu (any way I try it). The "Classic" version still doesn't work. But a good idea, nonetheless. :thumbsup:

Actually, I DID have several viruses running loose on my computer a couple of weeks ago, but I fixed them now. I believe this is a remnant of that infection. And since then I've scanned for viruses with my antivirus (ESET) and several online scanners and all is clean.

Edited by MrSly, 14 December 2009 - 03:18 PM.





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