My friend has a new windows 7 pc that has been running fine. We were on the win 7 pc and she asked me to do something which involved the control panel. I had the control panel icon on the task bar. I clicked on it and nothing happened. I could hover the mouse over the control panel icon and I got the small pop up window showing me the control panel but when I clicked on that window to expand the control panel nothing happened. I tried other icons like windows explorer and IE and they all opened fine.
I booted into safe mode and control panel opened fine. My friend said she hadnít done anything to the pc lately except a Weatherbug weather gadget that was on her screen. Which I later closed but that didnít seem to help.
Obviously when I was in safe mode it worked so something between safe mode and win 7 is the culprit but I looked in msconfig and didnít see anything that I didnít recognize and I donít know what was there before this issue so I didn't know what to turn off. My friend would rarely use control panel so she had no idea when it worked the last time.
I ran fixwin, tried to fix any piece that I thought might affect control panel. I tried to disable aero peek and not sure I was ever able to but other programs worked. I turned off her antivirus and firewall, tried using RUN and typing in control.exe and could not find a way to Ďopení control panel. I right clicked on the control panel icon on the task bar and chose Maximize, Restore, move, sizeÖno luck.
I did notice sometimes if I hovered the mouse over the control panel pop up window ĖI could see a blank frame on the desktop screen like the control panel opened but was transparent. I again tried to disable aero and couldnít find a way to actually turn it off because any settings were related to control panel and I couldnít get into control panel.
I was tempted to do a system restore but the most recent system restore was just 24 hours earlier so the odds on that fixing it were slim.
I feel itís an aero peek type issue Ė some ďhide control panel windowĒ box is checked somewhere. Again other icons on the task bar work fine itís just control panel that doesn't open on screen.
Iíve googled and searched the Lounge at Windows secrets but havenít found this issue.
Can you please help?