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Vista: Unable to Open Control Panel

Discussion in 'Software' started by Fergal1982, Jul 17, 2007.

  1. Fergal1982

    Fergal1982 Petabyte Poster

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    I've actually solved this myself, but felt it might be helpful to post the information here.

    Symptom: Unable to open the control panel in Vista. When trying to open, the window opens for ~10 seconds, before vanishing. No error message presents itself.

    Resolution: Ensure that the Software Licensing Service is running. If this service is not running, CP will not load. This may also affect some other windows (ie, I couldnt open Windows Update from the help files either).

    Hope this helps other people.
     
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  2. Sparky
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    Sparky Zettabyte Poster Moderator

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    Noted! :biggrin

    If you need to change the hosts file you need to open it as the administrator. Noticed this today when setting up a VPN connection on a laptop. When I went to save the changes it would not let me save over the original hosts files. It was a 'WTF?' moment for me. :biggrin


    Maybe this should be Vista help and support thread?
     
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  3. Bluerinse
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    Thanks Fergal 8)
     
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  4. Theprof

    Theprof Petabyte Poster Forum Leader

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    Thanks fergal, just to add to that, some of the other symptoms are opening the CP and all you see is the blank control panel window but with no icons inside.
     
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  5. wizard

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    Thanks for that will come in handy when eventually I won't have any choice but to move over to vista :D
     
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