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Windows 7: can't access control panel

04 Oct 2011   #1

windows 7 32 bit
can't access control panel

When I click on the control panel icon on my desktop nothing happens. When I click on start>control panel I get the same result. I have a power options icon on my desktop and that does not work either. If I right click the power options icon and choose open file location the control panel opens normally. Everything works fine in safe mode though. What could be causing this problem?

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04 Oct 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit

Welcome to Windows Seven Forums.

I thing a virus scan in safe mode should be your first option, for which Malwarebytes is ideally suited.

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04 Oct 2011   #3

windows 7 32 bit

Thanks for your reply but that did not help. I ran malwarebytes and some other anti spyware program in safe mode and nothing has changed. Another thing that I forgot to mention is that my hard drive never stops working in normal mode. I can hear it chattering and the light stays on almost 100% of the time. That does not happen in safe mode either.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

04 Oct 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit

In that case it may pay you to run a diagnostic check on your hard drive.

Disk Check

The constant chatter is probably the hard drive being indexed, but I still think you should run chkdsk on it.
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04 Oct 2011   #5

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1

If you hear a chattering coming out of your hard drive I would backup every thing before it quiets. Hard drives should not chatter. Please post you specs using the User CP at the top of every page.
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04 Oct 2011   #6

windows 7 32 bit

I ran disk check on the C: drive and my control panel icons work now. I am still having problems with the hard drive though. When I said it was chattering I meant that I could hear it working. It is not making any noises that it shouldn't. Thanks for all the input so far!
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