Thinkpad x41 running winxp sp 3, just replaced hdd and reinstalled win xp sp 2 tab ed and updated to sp 3 + 60+ security updates. Also critical lenovo updates.
I went to analyze the 60 GB [more like 55 GB] hdd [rightclick c:\ > properties > Tools > defrag] and got the "MMC has encountered a problem and needs to close" message. So I went to control panel and tried event viewer, computer management, etc and got the same message.
I ran avast and antimalwarebytes and a trend housecall scan while googling. Nothing found. I can't access event viewer but I saved system & appp text logs last time I was working on re-setting up the thinkpad. I haven't found anything that looks relevant yet.
Per the Troubleshooting Microsoft Management Console
article I'm supposed to be able to reinstall mmc via Add/Remove Programs in control panel, but I can't find mmc. Either in the list of currently installed programs or in the Add/Remove Windows Components. [typing mmc in Run command > crashes]
Where is it?