Control Panel won't open in Windows XP
Posted 03 April 2010 - 10:47 PM
Posted 06 April 2010 - 02:00 PM
Can you please let me know if you have had any luck resolving this issue?
Posted 07 April 2010 - 04:00 PM
Posted 08 April 2010 - 01:16 AM
First let me ask you to try booting in safe mode, in my case when loading in safe mode I was able to open the control panel. This was great news to me because that meant that the issue was more than likely a driver conflict issue.
The computer I was working on was a Dell Diminsion 4600 and the user had installed an NVidia graphics card. I was reading in a post earlier that a person with a similar issue had problems with driver conflicts in the registry. I looked and studied the registry way way too long until finally I just disabled the onboard graphics controller in the device manager and rebooted the computer in normal mode and the problem was resolved!
That being said I still did some intense research to see why and how that happened after installing SP3 on the computer. What I found was a combination of elements that caused the issue all of it related to SP3 attempting to call both video cards at the same time thus returning a null responce to the command which by default will terminate the request.
I'm hoping I'm not confusing you here but give your device manager a good look and make sure if you have onboard video on the system but you are using a separate video card, make sure you disable the onboard device. I'll bet it works.
Good luck and please let me know if this works for you. I did not get the name of the person that gave me the hint but I want to give MAJOR props to this web forum for letting me join and ultimately resolve a real brain burner issue. I have been working on computers for well over 20 years and this one truly stumped me for several hours.
Thanks again for all the great posts here!!!!
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