Solved Can't access Windows XP Device Manager

May 27, 2012 at 23:09:41
Specs: Windows XP
When i right click on My Computer, then click manage, this is the message that comes up:
MMC cannot open the file C:\WINDOWS\m32\compmgmt.msc.
I need to uninstall a wireless adapter, but it won't allow it. Please help?

HP Pavilion 061 EL519AA-AB1 a1309kr
Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 3 (build 2600)
Board: AMETHYST-M 1.0
2.20 gigahertz AMD Athlon 64
256 kilobyte primary memory cache
1024 kilobyte secondary memory cache
64-bit ready

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May 27, 2012 at 23:47:37
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A couple of possible work-arounds:

Try clicking 'properties' instead of 'manage'. Then 'hardware', then 'device manager'.

Or go to 'settings' from the START button. Then control panel, then 'system', then 'hardware', then 'device manager'.

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May 27, 2012 at 23:57:14
Yes that worked fine. Thanks for your speedy response.

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May 28, 2012 at 15:36:48
Youi're welcome. It's possible yoiur compmgmt.msc is corrupted or you may need to be signed in as an administrator for it to work.

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June 1, 2012 at 20:48:08
You could also click start, run, and type devmgmt.msc. If what you originally posted isn't a typo, it looks like a setting to the path of the management console got messed up. has a lot of useful ideas about this issue.

Andrew Leonard
BL Technical Services
Baltimore IT Support

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