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    Can't Open Add/Remove Programs

    In Control Panel, suddenly cannot open Add/Remove Programs. Message is approximately (I'm away from my own computer now) that file hsta.exe cannot be found. File search confirms that.

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    Re: Can't Open Add/Remove Programs

    I don't have a Windows 2000 box any more, but I don't find hsta.exe in my XP Pro's WINDOWS directory. A Google search for hsta.exe finds nothing. Could the file in question have been MSHTA.EXE?!

    See whether any of these Jerry Schulman Tips assists, particularly 3860...

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    Ita, esto, quidcumque...

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    Re: Can't Open Add/Remove Programs

    If John is correct in his supposition about the name, I have three copies on my W2K installation, as shown. (I searched for *ta.exe hence the other non-relevent file). Perhaps you can find a copy in dllcache or ...
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    Re: Can't Open Add/Remove Programs

    Do you have a file called <code>appwiz.cpl</code>
    in your <code>C:windows directorysystem32</code>
    directory? If so, what happens if you double-click on that?

    Also, you may want to try the following from a command prompt:
    <code>sfc /purgecache</code>
    and then
    <code>sfc /scannow</code>

    HTH.

    NB: You may need your Windows disk to run these successfully.
    Regards,
    Rory

    Microsoft MVP - Excel

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