|First, to check whether the Add/Remove applet is alive and |
well, go to Start>Run, type in "appwiz.cpl" (without the
quotes) and click OK (or press Enter).
If the Add/Remove applet starts, then it's a problem with the
shortcuts. The easiest and most immediate way to fix it is to
go to C:\Windows\System32 folder, find the appwiz.cpl file
and put a shortcut to it somewhere handy.
If it doesn't start, you can try replacing it with a new copy
through System File Checker. Rather than running the whole
SFC routine, you can go to Start>Run, type in "msconfig"
(without the quotes), click OK and on the General tab, click
the "Expand File" button. Tell it you want to extract
appwiz.cpl, tell it to extract it from either C:\I386 or your XP
CD (which you'll need to put in the CD drive) and tell it to
extract it to C:\Windows\System32.