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Unread 27-08-2007, 05:57 PM   #1
Winklebuns
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Can't access the Control Panel

I am running Windows XP Home SP2.

When I try to access the Control Panel I get the error message "Windows
Explorer has encountered a problem and needs to close".

The error report window that comes up refers to shell32.dll.

I tried a system restore to several days ago with no luck.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

TIA


 
Unread 27-08-2007, 05:59 PM   #2
Tim Starid
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RE: Can't access the Control Panel

Try this:

Put your windows CD in the CD Rom Drive
Go to the Start Menu
Run
sfc.exe /scannow
This will repair/restore any damaged or missing files
Reboot

if this doesent work and the restore didnt work, I recommend backing up any
data that you ahve on the system, deleting the partition, and fully
reinstalling.

"Winklebuns" wrote:

> I am running Windows XP Home SP2.
>
> When I try to access the Control Panel I get the error message "Windows
> Explorer has encountered a problem and needs to close".
>
> The error report window that comes up refers to shell32.dll.
>
> I tried a system restore to several days ago with no luck.
>
> Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
>
> TIA
>
>
>

 
Unread 27-08-2007, 05:59 PM   #3
Tim Starid
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RE: Can't access the Control Panel

Try this:

Put your windows CD in the CD Rom Drive
Go to the Start Menu
Run
sfc.exe /scannow
This will repair/restore any damaged or missing files
Reboot

if this doesent work and the restore didnt work, I recommend backing up any
data that you ahve on the system, deleting the partition, and fully
reinstalling.

"Winklebuns" wrote:

> I am running Windows XP Home SP2.
>
> When I try to access the Control Panel I get the error message "Windows
> Explorer has encountered a problem and needs to close".
>
> The error report window that comes up refers to shell32.dll.
>
> I tried a system restore to several days ago with no luck.
>
> Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
>
> TIA
>
>
>

 
Unread 27-08-2007, 06:01 PM   #4
Winklebuns
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Re: Can't access the Control Panel

Thanks for that info. I will give it a try as soon as I can find the
Windows CD.
"Tim Starid" <TimStarid@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:7BDA219C-C57D-4E44-B994-FF6F2002048E@microsoft.com...
> Try this:
>
> Put your windows CD in the CD Rom Drive
> Go to the Start Menu
> Run
> sfc.exe /scannow
> This will repair/restore any damaged or missing files
> Reboot
>
> if this doesent work and the restore didnt work, I recommend backing up
> any
> data that you ahve on the system, deleting the partition, and fully
> reinstalling.
>
> "Winklebuns" wrote:
>
>> I am running Windows XP Home SP2.
>>
>> When I try to access the Control Panel I get the error message "Windows
>> Explorer has encountered a problem and needs to close".
>>
>> The error report window that comes up refers to shell32.dll.
>>
>> I tried a system restore to several days ago with no luck.
>>
>> Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
>>
>> TIA
>>
>>
>>



 
Unread 27-08-2007, 06:01 PM   #5
Winklebuns
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Re: Can't access the Control Panel

Thanks for that info. I will give it a try as soon as I can find the
Windows CD.
"Tim Starid" <TimStarid@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:7BDA219C-C57D-4E44-B994-FF6F2002048E@microsoft.com...
> Try this:
>
> Put your windows CD in the CD Rom Drive
> Go to the Start Menu
> Run
> sfc.exe /scannow
> This will repair/restore any damaged or missing files
> Reboot
>
> if this doesent work and the restore didnt work, I recommend backing up
> any
> data that you ahve on the system, deleting the partition, and fully
> reinstalling.
>
> "Winklebuns" wrote:
>
>> I am running Windows XP Home SP2.
>>
>> When I try to access the Control Panel I get the error message "Windows
>> Explorer has encountered a problem and needs to close".
>>
>> The error report window that comes up refers to shell32.dll.
>>
>> I tried a system restore to several days ago with no luck.
>>
>> Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
>>
>> TIA
>>
>>
>>



 
Unread 27-08-2007, 06:01 PM   #6
Anna
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Re: Can't access the Control Panel


>> "Winklebuns" wrote:
>>
>>> I am running Windows XP Home SP2.
>>>
>>> When I try to access the Control Panel I get the error message "Windows
>>> Explorer has encountered a problem and needs to close".
>>>
>>> The error report window that comes up refers to shell32.dll.
>>>
>>> I tried a system restore to several days ago with no luck.
>>>
>>> Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
>>>
>>> TIA



> "Tim Starid" <TimStarid@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:7BDA219C-C57D-4E44-B994-FF6F2002048E@microsoft.com...
>> Try this:
>>
>> Put your windows CD in the CD Rom Drive
>> Go to the Start Menu
>> Run
>> sfc.exe /scannow
>> This will repair/restore any damaged or missing files
>> Reboot
>>
>> if this doesent work and the restore didnt work, I recommend backing up
>> any
>> data that you ahve on the system, deleting the partition, and fully
>> reinstalling.



"Winklebuns" <someone@nowhere.com> wrote in message
news:eOujrxp1HHA.6128@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
> Thanks for that info. I will give it a try as soon as I can find the
> Windows CD.



Winklebuns:
Tim's suggestion is a good one insofar as invoking the scannow process, and
of course backing up whatever files are important to you. There's a good
chance that will work. But if that doesn't correct your problem I would hold
off on making a fresh install of the XP OS - at least for the moment.

It would probably be worthwhile to undertake a Repair install of the OS. At
least if that's successful your installed programs/data would be retained
although you still would need to download/install all the MS critical
updates since SP2. (I'm assuming you would be undertaking the Repair install
with an XP installation CD containing SP2).
Anna


 
Unread 27-08-2007, 06:02 PM   #7
Anna
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Re: Can't access the Control Panel


>> "Winklebuns" wrote:
>>
>>> I am running Windows XP Home SP2.
>>>
>>> When I try to access the Control Panel I get the error message "Windows
>>> Explorer has encountered a problem and needs to close".
>>>
>>> The error report window that comes up refers to shell32.dll.
>>>
>>> I tried a system restore to several days ago with no luck.
>>>
>>> Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
>>>
>>> TIA



> "Tim Starid" <TimStarid@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:7BDA219C-C57D-4E44-B994-FF6F2002048E@microsoft.com...
>> Try this:
>>
>> Put your windows CD in the CD Rom Drive
>> Go to the Start Menu
>> Run
>> sfc.exe /scannow
>> This will repair/restore any damaged or missing files
>> Reboot
>>
>> if this doesent work and the restore didnt work, I recommend backing up
>> any
>> data that you ahve on the system, deleting the partition, and fully
>> reinstalling.



"Winklebuns" <someone@nowhere.com> wrote in message
news:eOujrxp1HHA.6128@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
> Thanks for that info. I will give it a try as soon as I can find the
> Windows CD.



Winklebuns:
Tim's suggestion is a good one insofar as invoking the scannow process, and
of course backing up whatever files are important to you. There's a good
chance that will work. But if that doesn't correct your problem I would hold
off on making a fresh install of the XP OS - at least for the moment.

It would probably be worthwhile to undertake a Repair install of the OS. At
least if that's successful your installed programs/data would be retained
although you still would need to download/install all the MS critical
updates since SP2. (I'm assuming you would be undertaking the Repair install
with an XP installation CD containing SP2).
Anna


 
Unread 27-08-2007, 06:04 PM   #8
Winklebuns
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Re: Can't access the Control Panel

Anna,

Thanks for that suggestion.

This is on a Dell Dimension 2400 that's atleast 3 years old that I bought
for my daughter. [She's Winklebuns, not me :-) ] If SP2 was around back then
then the CD should have it when she finds it.

I forgot to mention that an error box also pops up about DrWatson Debugger
or something like that. I'm not near the PC so I don't recall the exact
message. But a google search on "Can't Access Control Panel" did turn up a
few references that included the DrWatson error also although no definitive
answer was given for the problem. Besides, I have a lot more faith in any
answer I might get here versus some other unfamiliar forum. You guys and
gals are the best.

Joe

"Anna" <myname@myisp.net> wrote in message
news:u56P9Nq1HHA.5772@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
>
>
> Winklebuns:
> Tim's suggestion is a good one insofar as invoking the scannow process,
> and of course backing up whatever files are important to you. There's a
> good chance that will work. But if that doesn't correct your problem I
> would hold off on making a fresh install of the XP OS - at least for the
> moment.
>
> It would probably be worthwhile to undertake a Repair install of the OS.
> At least if that's successful your installed programs/data would be
> retained although you still would need to download/install all the MS
> critical updates since SP2. (I'm assuming you would be undertaking the
> Repair install with an XP installation CD containing SP2).
> Anna
>



 
Unread 27-08-2007, 06:04 PM   #9
Winklebuns
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Posts: n/a
Re: Can't access the Control Panel

Anna,

Thanks for that suggestion.

This is on a Dell Dimension 2400 that's atleast 3 years old that I bought
for my daughter. [She's Winklebuns, not me :-) ] If SP2 was around back then
then the CD should have it when she finds it.

I forgot to mention that an error box also pops up about DrWatson Debugger
or something like that. I'm not near the PC so I don't recall the exact
message. But a google search on "Can't Access Control Panel" did turn up a
few references that included the DrWatson error also although no definitive
answer was given for the problem. Besides, I have a lot more faith in any
answer I might get here versus some other unfamiliar forum. You guys and
gals are the best.

Joe

"Anna" <myname@myisp.net> wrote in message
news:u56P9Nq1HHA.5772@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
>
>
> Winklebuns:
> Tim's suggestion is a good one insofar as invoking the scannow process,
> and of course backing up whatever files are important to you. There's a
> good chance that will work. But if that doesn't correct your problem I
> would hold off on making a fresh install of the XP OS - at least for the
> moment.
>
> It would probably be worthwhile to undertake a Repair install of the OS.
> At least if that's successful your installed programs/data would be
> retained although you still would need to download/install all the MS
> critical updates since SP2. (I'm assuming you would be undertaking the
> Repair install with an XP installation CD containing SP2).
> Anna
>



 
 

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