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My son's computer was having several problems so I decided to completely restore his system. After I restored the system, everything seems to run fine, but I can not access the Control Panel. When I try to access the Control Panel, sometimes the system looks like it is going to open, then the screen blinks and returns to normal. Other times I get the message that Dr Watson Debugger has an error and gives the option to send or not send the report. Usually the system locks up after that. As far as I can tell, everything else works fine, until I try to access the control panel.

If you know what I can do to fix this, please let me know.

Thanks!
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HOW did you restore the computer?
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I used the restore disk that came with the computer. There were two options 1) Just repair the operating system, 2) Complete restore where it wipes the drive and puts it back to original configuration. I chose to do the later.
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Go Start>Run, and type in:
regedit
Click OK.

Registry Editor will open.
Navigate to:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
See, if you have NoControlPanel entry in right pane.
If you do, right click on it, and click "Delete".
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Thanks for the advice, however I found that on the net and already tried it out - it did have that and I did delete it, but control panel still does not work.
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Go Start>Run, type in:
control sysdm.cpl
Will Control Panel System Properties open?
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That opens system properties, not the control panel.
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This is what I just said:

Will Control Panel System Properties open?


So, it opens, and it stays open?

If so, try couple more commands:

control main.cpl

control inetcpl.cpl

control appwiz.cpl
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Thanks again for the information. Yes all those commands work and the windows they open operate correctly. I was even able to get the computer functional due to your help, however, I still can not open the Control Panel.
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Go Start>Run, type in:
sfc /scannow
Click OK.
Have Windows CD/DVD handy.
If System File Checker (sfc) will find any errors, it may ask you for the CD/DVD.
If sfc won't find any errors in Windows XP, it'll simply quit, without any message.
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I just ran a scan the other day and it found nothing.
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Does same thing happen, if you go Start>All Programs>Accessories>System Tools>Control Panel?
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