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Control Panel - Resets Desktop

By 512dude
May 26, 2008
  1. Intel Pentium 4 CPU 2.4 GHz
    2.0 GB RAM
    NVIDIA Quadro 4 980 XGL
    XP SP2 Ver 5.1

    I try to start the Control Panel from the START menu and instead of getting the Control Panel window I see my desktop refresh and all my file icons disappear and reappear. Same happens if I open a File Explorer window and click on the Control Panel iccon.

    All else seems to be fine.

    How can I fix this issue and access my Control Panel?
     
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

  3. zipperman

    zipperman TS Rookie Posts: 1,179   +7

    Is the Control panel included in My Computer ? Should be.
    Try openeing it there.
    There are ways to set the start menu items.Do you need advice on doing this ?
     
  4. 512dude

    512dude TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Did the Cheddar routine and it did not solve my issue.

    The link to kellys-korner you posted is not working or I would try that as well.

    Thanks though,
    c

    It is along the left hand side menu but I get the same result if I try to launch it from there.

    However, if I click on folders and the list of drives and folders shows on the left hand side of an file explorer window I can access it thru the folder tree and expand it.

    Anyway to fix the links to the other iccons?

    Thanks
     
  5. zipperman

    zipperman TS Rookie Posts: 1,179   +7

    Right click Window,
    Set it to icons.Double click the Control Panel icon
    I'll be back with more Control Panel viewing options.

    Does your Start menu look like this.?
    It should have an arrow to expand the contents.

    This is where you set the Control Panel.
     

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  6. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Right click on the link, "Save Target As" (I always drop it into the Desktop)
    Then double click on the reg file. Yes
    Restart
    Test Control Panel
     
  7. 512dude

    512dude TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for your suggestions - after the 2nd reboot and attempting to start the control panel from the file Explorer window everything seems to work. perhaps the Chedder program didn't clear things the first time.

    Thank you all,
    C
     
  8. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Thanks for letting us know :)
     
  9. zipperman

    zipperman TS Rookie Posts: 1,179   +7

    Perhaps,

    It was starting it from Explorer "set as icons".
    Whats with this Cheese thing ?Where do you get it and details of use ?
     
  10. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

  11. zipperman

    zipperman TS Rookie Posts: 1,179   +7

    Glad i don't need it.

    At present it is in beta
    Sorry my time was wasted solving this the proper way.
    Did you learn anything from my posts ?
     
  12. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    I re-read the posts over and over, to work out what the member needed to learn, and also if your posts helped.

    I see where you have thought the issue was this expansion problem, from post#1. But this was not the issue.

    When 512dude stated: "I see my desktop refresh and all my file icons disappear and reappear" he meant that even running from Start-->Run-->Control <ok> The same refresh of Explorer would happen.
    ie There was a policy fault in Registry, that required resetting
    (why it worked only from the 2nd restart, concerns me. I might have to state do a cold start for it to work.)

    There's more info here on shortcuts and putting Control Panel to expand, or not, or even in right click of My Computer: http://www.geekgirls.com/windowsxp_controlpanel.htm
     
  13. five12dude

    five12dude Banned

    Its back....the same old issue. Tried the Rat's Chedder program and it did not help.

    Any other suggestions would be appreciated.

    Thanks
     
  14. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

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