cannot open XP Pro DCOM Configuration Utility (DCOMCNFG.EXE)

February 16, 2012 at 06:35:42
Specs: Windows XP Pro SP2
Hi ,

I am using Windows XP pro SP2. I want to do D COM settings in component services, But when I click on my computer in component services, window closes immediately. Please help!!!!!!!!!

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February 16, 2012 at 10:03:23
Maybe your administrator blocked some settings? Otherwise you may have to be in administrator mode to modify.


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February 16, 2012 at 20:31:51
Thanks for the reply :)

I have only one user account in PC and that is Administrator account. I tried to do D COM settings by logging in Administrator account but still problem is not solved. Please reply...

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February 16, 2012 at 22:48:00
The window that is supposed to pop up and stay will close immediately if there is a problem with the dcomcnfg program.

If you go to the cmd prompt before you run it, then run it, you may get an error message we could look up.

Start - Run - type: cmd (click on OK or press Enter)
Type: dcomcnfg (press Enter)

I doubt that you have only one user. You probably have at least two.

The Administrator user only shows up on the logon screen when you load Windows normally if all other users with administrator rights have been deleted or have been assigned limited rights.

All users of XP have administrator rights by default, except the Guest user if someone with administrator rights enables it, which has limited rights, unless someone with administrator rights assigns limited rights to another user, but only one user can be spelled exactly Administrator, and by default that's the built in Administrator user that you can only access when you load Windows in Safe mode.

In XP, using my own user that has administrator rights.....

Note that running dcomcnfg works for me, but I immediately get a window pop up over part of what pops up:

Windows Security Alert

To help protect your computer, Windows Firewall has blocked some features of this program

Do you want to keep blocking this program ?

Keep Blocking - Unblock - Ask me later

Are you by any chance using a third party firewall rather than the Windows firewall ?
If you are, that third party program may be completely blocking dcomcnfg. Try disabling that firewall to see if that cures your problem.

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