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Windows 7: Cannot access Control Panel


08 Jun 2011   #11

Windows 7 Home Premium OA
 
 

One other thought I just had. I have windows 7 Pro installed on another PC. Suppose there is a file(s) I could copy over to address the explorer.exe issue? Just a thought...I wouldn't know where to start.

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08 Jun 2011   #12

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ron6962 View Post
Recently, I lost access to many of the programs from my desktop. For example...when I try to open My Computer, or Recycle Bin, or Control Panel, I get an error panel stating....."This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Please install a program, or if one is already installed, create an association in the Default Programs control panel."
Unfortunately, I cannot access the Default Programs program either, for the same reason. Help?
Suggestion : Assumiming your Start Button is atill operable.
To gain access to Control Panel .....
Start > search box, type appwiz.cpl > press Enter key > left column, click Control Panel Home > under User Accounts, click Add or Remove user account > creat another admin account.

Logon to the new admin > can you run any programs in the new account ?
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08 Jun 2011   #13

Windows 7 Home Premium OA
 
 

Interesting! Hadn't thought of trying to create a different User Account. Give me a few minutes to try that. Thanks.
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08 Jun 2011   #14

Windows 7 Home Premium OA
 
 

Ugh! I get the same error concerning program association. Nice thought though...any other way to get to User Control?
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08 Jun 2011   #15

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

Why not just repair your file associations?

Default File Type Associations - Restore
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08 Jun 2011   #16

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ron6962 View Post
Ugh! I get the same error concerning program association. Nice thought though...any other way to get to User Control?

Suggestions :

1. Run a full vidrus scan.
Recommend using Malwarebytes. Best in the business...
Download Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware (free)

2. Do a system file checks to llok for and repair coorupt files.
SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker
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08 Jun 2011   #17

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

Pretty sure it's not a virus, just a lost file assoc.
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08 Jun 2011   #18

Windows 7 Home Premium OA
 
 

Thanks for the suggestions. I have run Malwarebytes and completed the sfc /scannow process. Neither found any issues. I also tried the "repair file associations" from the link above, and was not sure which files to download....there are dozens. Tried the exe file, downloaded and processed it, and that did not make any difference. Is there another I should try...oir do I need to do them all?
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08 Jun 2011   #19
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Maguscreed View Post
Sounds viral in nature.
Does this also happen when you start the system in safe mode?
I would definitely agee here!
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I was afraid that might be my only option. My Windows 7 is Home 64bit...and unfortunately, the only Windows 7 disk I have is Pro 32bit. When I try to do an upgrade (saving my files and programs) I get a message stating I cannot go from 64bit to 32bit. Looks like my only option is a clean reinstall. Ugggh! I've read a lot about this problem, and it appears to be rather common....sure wish I could find a way to get explorer.exe working again
Where did you get the Windows 7 home premium 64bit?
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08 Jun 2011   #20

Windows 7 Home Premium OA
 
 

The Windows 7 Home Prem came preinstalled....it has been working normally until just recently.
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