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Invalid Control Panel Icon - How Can I Remove This?


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JerryHobby

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I have one control panel icon with no name and only shows the standard windows icon. I have no idea where it is or how to get rid of it. I have attached a screenshot of my control panel and the results of my search for *.CPL files. I could only figure out how to do this with images. Hopefully this is acceptable.

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gerryf

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Hi Jerry, this might sound a bit odd, but close control panel and go to
c:\windows\system32

sort the column on file type, and then MOVE all the *.cpl files from the directory to a temp directory on your desktop.

Open control panel--it should be empty. Close control panel

Now, MOVE 5 back, open control panel, paying attention to the ones you moved in.

Continue this way until you move five back and it reveals the extra icon, then move each of the last five out one at a time until it disappears...that will be the culprit.

Report back the name of the cpl file and we can try to figure out what it is meant to do
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JerryHobby

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I did it and narrowed it down to the bluetooth icon, btcpl.cpl

I do have a USB bluetooth device and I use it successfully. This must have somehow gotten disconnected from the driver. I hate to uninstall and reinstall the driver because it took several tries to get it working in the first place. I guess I could just live without the icon ... unless you have ideas on how to fix it without reinstalling the driver.
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