| By Fred Langa |
If you click on an icon to run a program and nothing happens, the program could be hosed — and that’s bad news.
But it might only be the iconized shortcut that’s messed up, and that’s a cinch to fix. This week’s first item illustrates both these possibilities.
Windows 7’s Control Panel will not load
Windows Secrets readers are an amazingly skillful bunch. Take, for example, this e-mail from Rick, in which he thoroughly analyzes the problem and works through possible solutions.
- “My friend has a new Windows 7 PC that has been fine. She asked me to do something which involved the Control Panel. I clicked the Control Panel icon on the task bar 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 Internet Explorer, and they all opened fine.
“I booted into safe mode and Control Panel opened fine. My friend said she hadn’t done anything to the PC lately.
“I ran fixwin, had it fix anything that seemed related to Aero or the Control Panel problem. I tried to disable Aero Peek, but I’m not sure I was ever able to do so because other programs were able to be peeked. I turned off her antivirus and firewall, tried using Run and typing in control.exe, but still could not find a way to open Control Panel. I right-clicked on the Control Panel icon on the task bar and chose Maximize, Restore, move, and size — but no luck.