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Vista Premium Control Panel doesn't open

by lensguy / November 5, 2007 8:45 AM PST

Upgraded form XP to Vista Home Premium and have been unable to use the Control Panel from the beginning. I've been able to delete programs by running "appwiz" which brings up the "Add/Delete" window but am unable to access the control panel for other needs.

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Tried This?
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / November 6, 2007 7:18 AM PST

First, confirm that you don't have spyware on the machine by downloading, installing, updating, then running a full system scan using the free AVG Antispyware removal tool from the link below:

Ewido/AVG Antispyware 7.5 Tool

Next, click the Vista Start button, and where it says start search, type "cmd",then enter. In the dialog box type "services.msc", then press the "enter" key. Scroll to and highlight "Software Licencing" service and click "restart" in the upper left corner. Next,click on the "Recovery" tab at the top and in the "First Failure" line, change it to "Restart the service", then click on "apply", OK, etc. Then highlight "SL UI Notification Service" and click "start" in the Service Status line. You may also choose to reset the "REcovery" tab like the other service mentioned.

If the above steps don't fix it, then please note that others are having the same problem with improper drivers are installed. Try updating your video and audio drivers and if you've got a third party firewall installed, make sure to turn OFF the Windows firewall from the Control Panel.

Hope this helps.

Grif

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Vista Control Panel doesn't open
by lensguy / November 7, 2007 1:11 PM PST
In reply to: Tried This?

Tried what was suggested...didn't solve the problem. Did download an updated video driver but that did not help either.
I'm not sure if there are any third-party firewalls lurking, but if there were any, I would be unable to shut them down using the Control Panel as suggested since I can't open the Control Panel at all.

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Can You Access It From Windows Explorer?
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / November 8, 2007 2:06 AM PST
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Vista Control Panel doesn't open
by lensguy / November 9, 2007 3:31 AM PST

I did link to the suggested possible fix, but it did not solve the problem.

However, I was able to use Windows Explorer to locate Contol Panel. while clicking on the [CONTROL PANEL] icon caused the panel to "open and quit" as before, I was able to use most of the individual applets successfully by clicking on the selected branch of the directory tree. One that failed was the [NETWORK & SHARING CENTER].

I had used this approach earlier this year as a 'work-around' but had forgotten about it...thanks for reminding me.

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That's A Clue... Are You Using AIM 6?
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / November 9, 2007 9:04 AM PST

There was a recent patch released which is causing a problem.. Tried restoring back to before the patch or uninstalling, reinstalling AIM?

Hope this helps.

Grif

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perfect solution
by Roldie / July 23, 2009 1:17 AM PDT
In reply to: Tried This?

I just got a new dell laptop with vista and could not load the control panel. This fixed it. Thanks.

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