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MMC cannot initialize the snap-in

by bigmarkclark / November 22, 2009 12:13 PM PST

I got an error message for itunes. I needed to restart the itunes service. I go to admin tools and click on services and received the following error:

MMC cannot initialize the snap-in
Name: Services
clsid {58221c66 ea27 11cf adcf 00aa00a80033}

I can access msconfig but cannot restart any system programs from there.

I am running Windows XP Proffesional Version 2002 SP3

I searched Microsofts website but could not find any info for the clsid number. Can anyone help Please?

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I read this one.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 22, 2009 11:04 PM PST

And came away with the feeling this OS's days are numbered. Try that hot fix and read more about why you get that message. Sadly, since you do control the itunes or such you should continue to see this failure.

However since I run itunes on a XP pro machine one wonders how you provoked this error.
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MMC cannot initialize the snap-in
by bigmarkclark / November 23, 2009 2:59 AM PST
In reply to: I read this one.

thanks for the reply Bob. I downloaded the file and it said there is a newer version already running on my computer and it would not revert to an older version. Any other suggestions?

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Think over how you got XP into this position.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 23, 2009 3:03 AM PST

While I could uninstall itunes and do that again your machine is truly in a state I rarely see. I won't have a ready fix save the M.A.D. one.

Sorry but more clues are needed to see a better solution.

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MMC cannot initialize the snap-in
by pccare_himanshu / November 24, 2009 4:00 PM PST

To resolve this problem, you must replace the missing Atl.dll file. To restore the Computer Management MMC to full functionality, follow these steps:
Click Start, and then click Run, type the following command, and then click OK:
Copy C:\Windows\winsxs\\atl.dll %windir%\system32\

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What to do next
by bigmarkclark / November 25, 2009 2:18 AM PST

I did as you suggested. It asked me if I would like to open the file then it wanted to browse the internet to find a program to open it. What do I do after I click on ok? Thanks for your help.

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Another KB article to try.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 24, 2009 8:44 PM PST
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Did not work
by bigmarkclark / November 25, 2009 2:22 AM PST

When I put the string into the run box and clicked on ok it said windows cannot copy. I tried it without the copy at the front and that did not work either. Any other suggestions.

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MSFT has some dozen articles on this.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 25, 2009 2:59 AM PST
In reply to: Did not work
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How it happened
by bigmarkclark / November 25, 2009 3:31 AM PST

I have not been aboe to figure out how or when this happened. I am leaning toward a possible hkey ot shared .dll file got deleted when I uninstalled a program but cannot be for sure.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 25, 2009 4:18 AM PST
In reply to: How it happened

The search I gave you needs to add the word XP to it.

This is a strange error. I can only guess that some program did a bad thing. It reminds me of those machines hit with registry and other cleaners. Usually an OS reload is the cure.

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