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Jim
July 25th, 2001, 05:47 AM
missing icons in control panel

Theoran
July 25th, 2001, 06:52 AM
Try this first.

Restart Windows in Safe mode. To do so, restart your computer, press and hold down the CTRL key after your computer completes the Power On Self Test (POST), and then choose Safe Mode from the Startup menu.

Use Windows Explorer to remove the ShellIconCache file from the Windows folder.

You need to be able to view hidden files to see the ShellIconCache file. To view hidden files in Windows ME, click Folder Options on the View menu in Windows Explorer, click the View tab, click Show All Files, and then click OK.

Restart your computer

If that doesn't work then try this.

This kind of problems boil down to corruption in one of the Control Panel applets. Every time Control Panel loads, it scans the Windows\System folder for files with the extension .CPL, each of which may contain one or more applets. A corrupted CPL file causes the problem you're encountering. To identify the problem file, you'll have to go through a tedious process of elimination.

Open a DOS box, navigate to Windows\System folder, and enter the command REN *.CPL *.CPX. If you started Control Panel now, it would show no applets. Now rename one of the CPX files back to its original CPL extension. Launch Control Panel. Does it work? Next restore the original extension to another of the CPX files. Keep doing this until the problem reappears, indicating that the file you most recently restored is corrupt. Move that file out of Windows\System folder and continue, as there might be more than one corrupted file. When you've processed all the files, you'll have a working Control Panel containing only uncorrupt applets.

This kind of Control Panel problem is often caused by an uninstall program that removes an essential DLL without removing the CPL file. If the corrupt CPL file relates to a program or peripheral that's no longer present on your system, you can simply delete it. If the removal of the corrupt file has left you lacking some essential Control Panel function, however, you'll have to reinstall the CPL file that caused the problem.


These are the typical .cpl file associated with the control panel icons
Accessibility Options - Access.cpl
Add/Remove Programs - Appwiz.cpl
MSDOS Console - Console.cpl
Date/Time - Timedate
Display - Desk.cpl
Find Fast - Findfast.cpl
Fonts - Main.cpl
GSNW - Nwc.cpl
Intel Pro Set - Proset.cpl
Internet - Inetcpl.cpl
KEYBOARD - Main.cpl
Licensing - Liccpa.cpl
Macfile - Sfmmgr.cpl
Mail and Fax - Mlcfg32.Cpl
Modems - Modem.cpl
Mouse - Main.cpl
Multimedia - Mmsys.cpl
Network - Ncpa.cpl
ODBC32 - Odbccp32.cpl
PCCard - Devapps.cpl
Ports - Ports.cpl
Printers - Main.cpl
Regional Settings - Intl.cpl
SCSI Adapters - Devapps.cpl
Server - Srvmgr.cpl
Sounds - Mmsys.cpl
System - Sysdm.cpl
Tape Devices - Devapps.cpl
Telephony - Telephon.cpl
UPS - Ups.cpl