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Control Panel not working - Win NT 4.0

By bcapell ·
I have a system running Windows Workstation NT 4.0 where I cannot access the Control Panel. A dialog box pops up complaining that "windows encountered an error while trying to access control panel". I have seen this before on another system and was never able to recover without a reinstallation. If you know of a way to access control panel, please let me know. Failing that, I know I can access nearly all of the control panel functions by executing the ppropriate ".cpl" file. My problem is that I need to access the Services module where services are started and stopped, and I cannot find a way to access Services (can't find a services ".cpl" file). If you at least know of a way to access Services without Control Panel, that would solve my problem.

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by bcapell In reply to Control Panel not working ...

Point value changed by question poster.

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by yorkster In reply to Control Panel not working ...

try start run then enter srvmgr.exe

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by bcapell In reply to Control Panel not working ...

No such file as "srvmgr.exe".
"srvmgr.cpl" exists but it is for "Server" not "Services".

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by bcapell In reply to Control Panel not working ...

As to the latest suggestion, "srvmgr.exe" does not exist; and "srvmgr.cpl" applies to the "Server" function, not the "Services" function.

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by Curacao_Dejavu In reply to Control Panel not working ...

If it's only to stop and start the services you can use the "net start" and "net stop" command from the command prompt.

I don't remember quite well if there was something on the resource kit to display the services. Will check that later.

Leopold

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by bcapell In reply to Control Panel not working ...

Well, what I need is the ability to see the table of services that is displayed when you click on the Services icon in Control Panel. For example, if I want to check to see whether Ftp Publishing Service is running, or whether World Wide Web Publishing Service is running, how would I do that with a net start/stop command? Also, I want to be able to control the behavior of these services on startup (Automatic/Manual/Disable). I need some way to run whatever that Services icon runs.

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by Curacao_Dejavu In reply to Control Panel not working ...

maybe this will help.(from the resource kit)


The Service Controller Query tool (Sc.exe) provides a way to communicate with Service Controller (Services.exe) from the command prompt to retrieve information about services.

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by tamj123 In reply to Control Panel not working ...

This error have to do with your profile, create other user account with administrator right, logon to the system with new account, then remove old user profile. (system properites\profiles)

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by bcapell In reply to Control Panel not working ...

All other user accounts with Administrator privileges have the same problem. No Administrator account can access control panel.

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by Joseph Moore In reply to Control Panel not working ...

There is a way to open the Services control panel applet from the command line:

control srvmgr.cpl services

The Srvmgr.cpl file is responsible for the Server, Services and Devices icon in Control Panel.
So, if you run:
control srvmgr.cpl
That will just open up Server. Run:
control srvmgr.cpl devices
To get the Devices applet.

Same thing with Main.cpl. It runs Mouse, Keyboard, Fonts and Printers.

Here is a TechNet article on the applets, what is what:
http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q173/1/32.ASP
(please remove spaces)

This article also tells you how to extrace the Control Panel from the NT cd, in case it won't work.

Hope this helps.

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