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#1 ale

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Posted 21 April 2006 - 09:51 AM

my control panel is not responding, i have tried to open it through explore and just clicking to open.

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Posted 21 April 2006 - 10:13 AM

Hi ale.
Press and hold ctrl+alt+del and click the proccesses tab.
If you see "Conime.exe' running, end the process and see if control panel opens.
Related Article:
Control Panel stops responding in Windows XP

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Posted 21 April 2006 - 11:18 AM

This process is not running, and control panel will still not open.

Edited by ale, 21 April 2006 - 11:19 AM.


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Posted 21 April 2006 - 11:32 AM

Question. Do you shut down the computer when you are finished or jsut leave it running in hybernate?

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Posted 21 April 2006 - 12:21 PM

Have you tried Start -> Run and type "control" without the quotes? If it doesn't start, something's damaged.

In that case, you might want to try System File Checker. If SFC needs files that are corrupt in your system's folder, you will need your XP CD in the drive so that it can restore files from there. If you have a restore disk, you may have to point XP at the i386 folder. If you have a branded PC with the operating system restore files on a separate partition, you might do a search for the i386 folder, or contact the company for help.

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Posted 23 April 2006 - 04:52 PM

Well I tried what you said about the SFC and it didn't come up with anything... I also noticed that there is a spike in the CPU usage when I try to open it.

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Posted 23 April 2006 - 04:54 PM

oh BTW I am helping "ALE" fix her comp i just happened to be logged in.... :thumbsup:

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Posted 23 April 2006 - 05:51 PM

Did you restore the system using windows system restore from the installation disk? This happened to me, too. My SP2 system got corrupt, so I repaired the installation, but I used the original CD which only had SP1. I had to reinstall Service Pack 2 and all teh other updates before it would work. If that's not your situation, try updating your system anyway with Microsoft Update (better than Windows Update).

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Posted 23 April 2006 - 06:20 PM

You needed the /scannow switch with the sfc command.

Click Start, Run
Type sfc /scannow
Click OK

More info:How to Use SFC.EXE to Repair System Files
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Posted 23 April 2006 - 06:55 PM

I've run into computers where malware had blocked several things from opening. After cleaning up viri, spyware, and the like, things started working again.

However, it's also quite possible that a .cpl file got damaged and it's a bear to fix. Tedious.

You might try to open a separate instance of a control panel .cpl file by going to Start -> Run and typing something like:

control desk.cpl

and see if that opens the Display Properties.

Is there anything else that won't work that you know of? Can you open My Computer?

Can you open Explorer? (Windows key + E key, or right-click on Start button and choose "Explore")

It may be time to post a hijackthis log in the hijack forum to check for malware.

Before you post, read this.

Be patient - lots of logs, few helpers - may take a few days.

Don't post to your own thread because they're looking for posts with no replies.

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Posted 24 April 2006 - 08:11 AM

Free online system scan (requires Internet Explorer) - http://housecall.trendmicro.com/

If it comes up dirty - follow Herk's directions to post a HJT log
If it comes up clean - try the SFC.EXE /SCANNOW command. If it asks for your installation CD, visit Windows Update immediately afterwards.

If that doesn't work, there's 2 (or more) options:
1) Troubleshooting the specific issue until it's found
2) A repair install of Windows XP (instructions here: http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm) - this will keep all your files and settings intact - but will require that you visit Windows Update immediately afterwards for a bunch of updates.

If that don't work we can get into more later on.

Edited by usasma, 24 April 2006 - 08:12 AM.

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Posted 24 April 2006 - 01:56 PM

Are you by any chance using Spybot?
If so, check to make sure Spybot isn't blocking it.

Open Spybot.
On the tool bar, at the top left, click Mode.
Click Advanced Mode.
A box will open, asking if you want to go to Advanced Mode, click Yes.
On the left, near the bottom, click the Tools tab.
Then on the menu, click IE tweaks.
In the panel on the right, make sure there is no check next to Lock IE control panel against opening from within IE (Current user).
If there is a check, remove it.
Close Spybot.
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