Control Panel

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Performance' started by Rachysunshine, May 25, 2007.

  1. Control panel will not open. My OS is Vista Home Premium 32 bit. This began
    this morning 5/25/07 after my son installed action replay. I deleted the
    program and restarted but control panel will still not open. Tried to do a
    system restore but it keeps giving me an error that the system restore could
    not be completed. Can anyone help me before I throw this computer out the
    window (pardon the cliche)?
    Rachysunshine, May 25, 2007
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  2. Rachysunshine

    Dave Guest

    Do a system restore, and select the one before he installed that program

    Click on the Start button, and type System Restore... it takes a while to
    come up.
    Dave, May 25, 2007
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  3. Rachysunshine

    Dave Guest

    Never mind... I see that you already tried that....
    Dave, May 25, 2007
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    LoneStar Guest

    OK, now I'm curious. Occasionally, my Control Panel won't open either.
    Usually a reboot fixes it, or a System restore. HOWEVER, I found later that
    in addition to Control Panel not opening, LOTS of other stuff doesn't
    either: my Windows Aero doesn't, most of the MS games won't open, Windows
    Update from the taskbar won't open, and the printer won't connect. But I
    get great Internet, Office suite works as does most of the rest of my
    installations. This all happened suddenly, and I did NOTHING wrong!

    So............. in addition to the Control Panel, check to see if ALL you
    other stuff is working. Lemme know. Thanks.

    LoneStar, May 26, 2007
  5. Tried all those and they all work. All these problems give me such a
    headache. I hate vista!
    Rachysunshine, May 26, 2007
  6. You might want to try and do a reinstall of Vista itself.. I know this sounds
    like a pain, but might be your only solution to fixing the problem.. Vista is
    not bad in fact I like it better than XP (never thought I say that).. Over
    time Vista will come out with soulutions to most Vista related problems and
    it will work fine.. My other suggestion would be to over see what the son
    installs before he does it...
    doubledragon5, May 27, 2007
  7. Rachysunshine

    LoneStar Guest

    Update: I may have found my problem! I had an old flash drive installed in
    a USB port that died occasionally. I removed it from the port and for the
    past few days my Vista has booted up great. Now.......... how a bad USB
    drive can affect opening the Control Panel, etc., is beyond me, but....
    whatever works. Stay tuned, and good luck with yours.

    LoneStar, May 29, 2007
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    Paul Guest

    Well while I was trying to get Vista to stop showing the cursor wheel all
    the time I found that if the internet link was playing up, i.e. the router
    lights froze, the machine stopped too. This happened so often over half an
    hour I became convinced the machine needed a fluid network connection to
    work properly. However since adding RAM this behaviour has gone away.
    Vista truly is a strange beast.

    Paul, May 29, 2007
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    LoneStar Guest

    Strange, indeed. But it seems like most of the "problems" with Vista are
    really extraneous problems with associated software and hardware. Windows
    XP is solid as a rock, and the Vista dudes should have studied this. My
    Vista is now solid too, but for how long. My XP has been rock-solid for

    I'm looking forward to Vista SP-1 and see what improves.

    Must go. Supper is ready...........

    LoneStar, May 29, 2007
  10. Does anyone happen to know how to rollback to xp? that just sounds like the
    best solution for me. I keep trying all your suggestions but to no avail.
    Rachysunshine, May 29, 2007
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    Rock Guest


    See this article:
    How to restore a computer to a previous Windows installation after you
    install Windows Vista
    Rock, May 29, 2007
  12. Awesome! Thanks!

    Rachysunshine, May 30, 2007
  13. Rachysunshine

    Rock Guest

    You're welcome.
    Rock, May 30, 2007
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    xphilip Guest

    I have the SAME problem with Lonstar. My problem, his problem. I dont know
    what to do. So microsoft stuff should start helping people with that problem
    because i have seen it by a lot of users.
    xphilip, Jun 1, 2007
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    Neil Harley Guest

    It would help if you were to mention what the problem is
    Neil Harley, Jun 1, 2007
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    Rock Guest

    What problem? You've replied to an ongoing thread but didn't quote any of
    the previous content. This is a threaded Usenet newsgroup. Many folks
    only have the most recent messages. Best practice is to quote at least part
    of the post to which you reply. Better yet post a new post with your issue
    including all the details.
    Rock, Jun 2, 2007
  17. I have this problem too and NOTHING seems to work except a reboot. When
    clicking on the Control Panel (desktop shortcut) I get a quick flash, then
    nothing. Other stuff doesn't open either, including Vista Aero,
    Personalization, printing, some MS games. This happened after owning the
    Dell XPS 410 for 7 weeks, after several updates. Perhaps, as you say, a
    complete system recovery is the answer, but I wonder....
    Hope someone else can provide a clue.
    Clearwire Mail, Jun 11, 2007
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