Windows 7 - Control Panel not opening

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control panel in my windows is not opening,if control panel is opened it shows "windows explorer is stopped working" and windows explorer is restarting". i even done sfc/scannow also.. pls help me....!!!???

 

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control panel in my windows is not opening,if control panel is opened it shows "windows explorer is stopped working" and windows explorer is restarting". i even done sfc/scannow also.. pls help me....!!!???
Hello,

This is mostly caused by a corrupt CPL File that loads during the Control Panel start up. To fix this, please try the following

Method [1]: Deleting a corrupt CPL using Windows Explorer
  • From the Start menu, click on Computer
  • Insert the following into the address bar and press Enter: %SystemRoot%\System32\
  • Review files ending with .cpl in the location mentioned above and verify that they work correctly. To get the files ending with .cpl in the mentioned location, insert the following into the search box: .cpl
  • Remove files that could not start correctly or caused the Windows Explorer to crash by right-clicking the file and selecting Delete
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Hi,

Check this - request and apply the Hotfix.

Windows Explorer crashes and then restarts when you access a third-party Control Panel item on
a computer that is running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/978433 

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If needed :

References to Vista apply to Windows 7.

What antivirus/antispyware/security products do you have on your machine? Include all you ever
had including those you uninstalled. (These can leave remnants which can cause strange issues.)

Do a search for all .cpl files most will be in "C:\Windows\System32" however you can have others.
Click on each one at a time and see if one does not start - if so Right Click on it and rename it using
cpZ as the extension so it is east to find. Retry Control Panel - if no joy keep trying all your .cpl files.
(Note the others found under other Folders under C:\Windows should not be tried as they are not
active.)


A few of these are appwiz.cpl, firewall.cpl, desk.cpl, powercfg.cpl, inetcpl.cpl, timedate.cpl and
others.

Try these in case general corruption has a role :

Start - type this in Search Box ->  COMMAND   find at top and RIGHT CLICK  -  RUN AS ADMIN

Enter this at the prompt - sfc /scannow

How to Repair Windows 7 System Files with System File Checker
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/1538-sfc-scannow-command-system-file-checker.html

Then run checkdisk (chkdsk).

How to Run Disk Check in Windows 7
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/433-disk-check.html

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Icons are missing from Control Panel, or you cannot start Control Panel, the Welcome Center,
or games in Windows Vista
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/936686/en-us

The control panel window will not open in Windows Vista
http://www.tips4pc.com/Articles/Windows%20Vista/control_panel_window_will_not_op.htm

There have been reports an updated driver has blocked it as well, so have you updated drivers
lately? Also check for driver updates in Windows Updates.

Hope this helps.


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Rob Brown - Microsoft MVP - Windows and Devices for IT 2010 - current
Windows Insider MVP 2016 - current

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