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    Missing control panel file

    On a desktop running Windows 98 I cannot access the Display properties. I get a message saying that windowssystemdesk.cpl is missing. I welcome any and all help!!!!![img]/w3timages/icons/sick.gif[/img]

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    Re: Missing control panel file

    Try locating this file in the CAB's on your windows 98 CD. I believe there are 18? of them? You can download winzip (or another windows/zip program) to manually search these .CAB's for the file.

    Have you recently replaced your monitor or video card? or re-installed win98? It's possible that proprietary software for alternate cards/monitors would effect your system in this way.

    Let us know how it goes, hope this helps!

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    Re: Missing control panel file

    [img]/w3timages/icons/sick.gif[/img]I put the file back on, but I get a message that says, "Error when accessing windows/system/desk.cpl"
    Any suggestions woould be much appreciated.

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    Re: Missing control panel file

    Try this:

    Goto Control Panel, add/remove hardware. Select your video controller, and remove/reinstall it.

    That's the only thing I can think of other than spending hours even days trying to find the problem in the registry.

    Another option, I think there is a utility called regfix or something which searches the registry for errors. You may also be able to repair a windows installation from Start, Control Panel, Add Remove Programs in the Windows Setup Tab.

    Hope this helps!

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    Re: Missing control panel file

    Ian, a moderator here, just made this post which references this site regarding fixing windows system files. Perhaps this will help you here?

    Hope this helps! --thanks Ian!

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