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  1. #1
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    Conrol Panel applets not starting

    I just reformatted and reinstalled WinXP. I updated with the latest patches. My problem is that in control panel, windows does not start the add remove programs applet, nor does it start the display properties. I click on them or run them from the command line (i.e. "c:\control desk.cpl") and's as if I didn't click or run the command, the OS just ignores me.

    I've replaced desk.cpl from another computer with no luck. I initially thought that the display properties dialogue box was showing up outside the screen area so I tried running it, then pressing F10 and enter twice to bring up the move option, and moving the mouse around but that didn't work either.

    I've run process explorer but do not see control.exe running (I have to admit, I'm no expert with Process Explorer).

    I've Googled for days and I cannot find this problem anywhere.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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    Hello duer, welcome.

    What does the System Event Log say?

    Did the behaviour exist before adding in the updates?

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