Did you do the other steps suggested in the thread or just jump down to what seamed complected and thought was the fix?
What happens if you do start > run > cmd > eventvwr.msc ?
or start > run > cmd > services.msc ?
As mentioned in 1st post, I read the thread, found the posters final solution and applied it. It did not work in my situation, so I began at the top and tried everything I read, up until the post I copied here about "snapping in" or some such thing. I stopped there because I got a desired result- the device manager opened from the file on the desktop. (devmgmt.msc) And I posted a question about what I should do next. I did not continue applying/trying anything until I received an answer here.
When I start>run>cmd>services.msc the services window and eventviewer windows open.
I have done sfc /scannow twice with no results.
"if you can't open anything ending in msc try thishttp://www.dougknox....c/xp_mscfix.zipdidn't apply to me because I can open files in msc (services)
if you can open those...but just not devmanager
try thishttp://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/regs_edits...estore.reg'I applied this, it says it added it to the registry, but did not fix the problem
"Please right click this LINK, choose SAVE LINK AS or SAVE TARGET AS, and save it somewhere on your computer where you will remember where it is located. Then find the file on your computer and double-click it to run it. Click YES to the warning: Are you sure you want to add the information in FILE LOCATION HERE\msi.reg to the registry? Then reboot your computer and once rebooted see if you can go to START-->RUN and type services.msc and have the Services windows appear." did not work
"Lets check and see if the files are actually there. Browser to C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32 folder and see if you can locate the devmgmt.msc or services.msc file. Make sure you are able to view hidden files/folders when doing this and that operating system files are not hidden."The files are there
"start > run
<enter>"file does not open
"if you type s
start > run
does a blank mmc open?"YES
And then we arrive at what I originally posted in my inquiry:
start > run
In the empty console,
FILE > ADD/REMOVE SNAP-INS
Select DEVICE MANAGER
ADD button, FINISH button, CLOSE button, then OK button
In the console, you should see Device Manager
FILE > SAVE AS, click the DESKTOP button on the left and save it as devmgmt.msc
Now close the mmc
on your desktop, double click devmgmt.msc
Does it open? Device manager? YES
And then I stopped and reported the desireable result and asked how to get the file to open the proper way- thru my computer properties.
Edited by xdbguard, 04 November 2007 - 07:43 AM.