Nothing works in Control Panel

Ecs / M830lr...
May 2, 2010 at 12:51:50
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 1.659 GHz / 1023 MB
OK, so I searched the web for an answer, then came here. I found the same people asking the same question in both places, with no real definitive answers. Last week, after having some really weird problems I decided to restore a backup of my C: drive from 5 April. I was just one step from doing a complete clean install. I had downloaded the Comodo Backup program the first of April and did a full backup of C:. The restore went well, and all the weird probelms went away. Or, so I thought.

Yesterday I needed to go look at some drivers for my HD and when I clicked on System in Control Panel, the hourglass came on for about 2 seconds and then disapeared. Nothing loaded. Then I found that nothing happened when I clicked ANY icons in the Control Panel. I immediately ran all my Comodo virus checkers, MS virus checkers, Ad-Aware, Spybot Search and Destroy, Crap Cleaner, and went online and ran Housecall's scanner. They found nothing. Today I have run SFC /SCANNOW and still it doesn't work.

I have not installed any new programs for awhile. Everything else seems to be working normally. But there are times when I really NEED to use the Control Panel. What am I missing here? If at all possible, I would really like to avoid the old 'wipe it clean and reinstall' route. I am fairly proficient using Regedit, but is there anything else I should look for?

Thanks for any help. I have always gotten good information here on computing.net.

PC Bob

PS All I keep on my C: drive is the Windows install and what ever program won't let me install to another partition. So, it's basically just a Windows XP partition. But I know that if I reinstall it I will have to reinstall many/most of my applications.

A positive attitude won't solve all your problems, but it will annoy just enough people to be worth the effort.


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#1
May 2, 2010 at 13:33:11
PC Bob, Give the CPL File Association Fix a try at the link below.

http://www.dougknox.com/xp/file_ass...

Tufenuf


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#2
May 2, 2010 at 19:16:25
Did you try system restore?

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#3
May 3, 2010 at 10:33:20
Thanks Tufenuf and Fingers for the helps. I was only a click away from doing the clean install. I was out looking for new drivers for my ATI video board, again. I thought I had found one but when I tried to install it my desktop reverted to a low res setting, and all my icons were huge and of course sorted differently. While cleaning that up I noticed I had a forgotten shortcut for the System in CPL. I clicked it and it went right to the System screen! Then I decided to try going through Start and see if that worked. It DID! So, now all my icons in Control Panel are active! What did I do? I still haven't found the right driver for my X1050 video board, but I decided to do another backup of C drive while it's working right. I have bookmareked that page for later, Tufenuf. Looks like some useful utilities there. I did take a look at System Restore but there was only one restore point and it was the day this all started. I don't place a lot of faith in System Restore, prefering to use a known-good drive backup. It only takes an hour or less. Thanks for all the good help, though. Even after using XP for the past 7-8 years I still learn something new about almost daily. I am going tobe really nervous when it comes time to step up to Win 7. I skipped 2000 and Vista, considering them to be jokes, and I am hoping that 7 turns out to be AT LEAST as good as XP has been.

A positive attitude won't solve all your problems, but it will annoy just enough people to be worth the effort.


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#4
May 3, 2010 at 21:19:28
Thanks for letting us know.
Looks like you might need a newer video card if drivers are that hard to find.
I also had XP for around 8 or 9 years (skipped Vista - 2000 was just a polished NT, not the disaster that ME was - 2 machines at work are still 2000) and I really believe that 7 is finally a big step in the right direction ('98, XP, and '7 are MS highlights, everything else was 'unfinished' or 'stuffed together'). To run 7 though you will need modern hardware, or you will have problems with drivers and poor performance. Do a little research and build yourself a great new machine when you are ready. Build for the next 8 to 10 years, and you just might get it.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#5
May 5, 2010 at 16:01:10
There is a new driver available, according to PC Pitstop. However, they want me to use their driver update program and I don't want to pay for it. I once did a system scan on Microsoft (not too long ago, just before I had to do a Repair Install) and it had a newer driver for my video board. I installed it and PC Pitstop was happy. Now, when I run the MS Update scanner it doesn't give me that option. My driver is 8.59 and the latest is 10.1 or so. Where can I find the latest driver FREE? I don't really know why I need it, because my video is working just fine. Or at least, I think it is. Thanks for all the help guys, I really appreciate it.

I ran the MS program to see if my system would be compatible with Win 7 and it passed just fine. I intend to move up to it, maybe this Summer. I also plan on building a new system, maybe the first of the year. The only real drawback to my current hardware is it is limited to only 1 Gb of memory, and there ar times when I really need more, for video work, etc. I'd like to get a newer version of my old PCCHIPS board with all the newest bells and whistles. I will definitely stick with AMD for the CPU and I'd like to keep at least 4 PCI slots, and of course, room for say 16 Gb of RAM. Am I dreaming? Oh, and 32 bit, of course. Any suggestions?


Bob

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