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Windows 7: Invalid Control Panel Item


11 Sep 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Invalid Control Panel Item

I recently purchased a new laptop and updating some software and drivers, an invalid and blank entry has appeared in the Control Panel section of the Start Menu. Please see attached screenshot, highlighted in yellow at the very top. I have also tried a fresh install, and after updating some drivers, this appeared again.

I have checked about 2 dozen forums and articles on editing the registry in Windows 7 and deleting .cpl files, but none of the solutions address my problem. I can't find an invalid registry entry anywhere. I believe the solution lies somewhere in the registry but I can't find the correct key.

Any help is appreciated, thanks!




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11 Sep 2011   #2

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Windows 7 x64
 
 

The way I have dealt with this in the past was to use tweak ui.
I don't know if it works properly with windows 7 though.
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11 Sep 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

TweakUI does not install on Windows 7. I haven't been able to find a tool that has Control Panel editing functionality that works on Windows 7. Can someone recommend such a tool?
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11 Sep 2011   #4

Windows 7 X64 Professional
 
 

Does right clicking/deleting it do anything? I doubt that would do anything to a registry entry (I really have no idea. Just taking a stab) but it might make it go away in the Control Panel.
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11 Sep 2011   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

When right clicking, the only 2 options that appear are "Create Shortcut" and "Sort by Name." Clicking "Create Shortcut" will give an error message "Windows cannot create the shortcut. Check to see if the disc is full."

There is no option to delete. It's so weird! This blank entry does not appear if you actually open the Control Panel window. It only appears in the Start Menu Control Panel as shown in the screenshot.

I know this seems like a trivial bug, but it's a bit annoying, and seems like a challenge to fix, and I feel I need to conquer this little bugger.
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11 Sep 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Have you had a look in the Startup folder itself?

Navigate to Start>All Programs>Startup then right-click the Startup folder and choose Explore, and then see if you can delete the unwanted icon.
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11 Sep 2011   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

There is only one icon in the Startup folder and it points to a valid item. How is this related to the Control Panel Start Menu?
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11 Sep 2011   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

It's only me rambling on.

I saw the mention of the Start Menu Control Panel and assumed you were thinking of the Startup Folder, sorry about that.

Just a thought though. Do you have Windows configured to show hidden files?
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11 Sep 2011   #9

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Windows 7 x64
 
 

Here is something brink posted on the subject.
Remove an icon from Control Panel

apparently if you go into that registry key and look for the namespace that is blank you can just remove it there.
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11 Sep 2011   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I am configured to view hidden files.

I've tried the namespace solution before as well, I can't find any blank entries there so I don't know what to delete, if anything. I'm thinking there must be another place in the registry where this blank entry is listed. Any thoughts?
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