Cannot access Administrative Tools

By commtech07
Aug 12, 2007
  1. Hello, I am new to this web site and would like to find out about a problem I just discovered today. I am running Win XP Pro X64 SP2 on my PC and today while trying to solve a problem with a new external hard drive I discovered another problem. I am able to access the Admistrative Tools, but once there I am not able to access any of the componetnts of the tools menu except for the component services, event viewer, and data sources (ODBC). Any time I click on any other item it brings up the event viewer, even when logged in as the system administrator. I have looked at the propreties for the other items and it always give the path name for the event viewer. I have never seen this before even when using WK pro, and Win XP pro 32 bit edition. Can someone out there help me out with this issue. Do I need do go in and change the path name, or have I contracted a virus of some type that is not letting me access these components?
  2. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    Not sure if this will help or not, but have you tried right clicking on My Computer and choosing Manage? That should give you access to quite a few tools found in the Administrative Tools.

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  3. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +10

    It would be unusual, indeed, for a virus to prevent appropriate detection of these units, which are fundamental. Any operational problems otherwise?
    Is your copy of Windows XP Pro X64 a full version? If so, I would cold boot to the disc and Select REPAIR mode which will allow a return to the routine settings.
  4. commtech07

    commtech07 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Able to access through My Computer

    Thanks for the quick replys, I am able to access the admin tools by right clikcing on My Computer and then choosing manage. If memory serves me correctly though I don't remember having this problem when I first installed Windows. As fa as I know the copy taht I have is a full copy, it is an June 2006 Systems Student Media/Work At Home Media version, does this make a difference?
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