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jotho

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Hello to all...
Last year my PC crashed and I had to take it to a repair center (yeah, i know...but, i'm totally PC incoherant and unknowledgable). Afterwards, the techie advise I upgrade from Win98 to SE, which, for a fee, I let him do. Recently, i went to use the add/remove program and found that it isn't there (this, i'm sure, was my stupidity in somehow deleting). I cannot find the file in Start/Find, so my questions are: Is it possible this file is hidden somewhere in the system, and can be re-installed? (prob. not, right?) And if not, can this file be found anywhere without having to go back to repair place and having to pay a fee to get the file?
I was only given a emerg. start-up floppy from the place, and even if i could use the file off my old Win98 disc, i can't access it anymore because of the upgrade.
Thanks in advance to any and all who can give me a hand here...jotho
 
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Did you look in your systems Control Panel ?
Click Start >>> Settings >>> Control Panel >>> Add/Remove Programs.
 

jotho

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EvileYe...
Yes...looked there first and also on Start/Find/files...nothing there.
 
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Frankly, this techie at the repair centre should have given you
a copy of Win98SE on CD - not sure who is actually breaking the
law in this situation. IMO he had no right to install in on your PC,
charge you for it, then withold the CD. That should be in your
possession.

Do a search on your PC for all files with a .cpl extension i.e. "*.cpl"
- .cpl files are control panel extensions. Add/Remove will hopefully
appear on the list somewhere, but it will have a contracted name.


*EDIT* - just checked on a Win98SE PC here at my work, and
the file you're looking for is called Appwiz.cpl. It's only 71kb
so I could email it to you. It goes in the C:\windows\system folder.

Also, do a search on the internet for TweakUI - it lets you
add and remove Control Panel extensions, amongst lots of
other things. You run TweakUI from Control Panel after you've
installed it.

You can get TweakUI for Win98SE from http://www.annoyances.org/



James H
 

jotho

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James73...

There were about 7-8 "*.cpl" files returned, none that looked related to the Add/Remove program.
Don't know what to say about the repair place...I'm guessing that even if I went back after such a length of time, they would not be able/willing to help me...without an additional fee, of course. I guess asking Microsoft directly would be a waste of time, right?
thanks for your time...
jotho
 
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You were probably responding when I edited my post above.
As I said, the file you're looking for is called Appwiz.cpl and it's
quite small - only 71kb so if you cant find it I'll email it to you.

It goes in the C:\windows\system folder. It's also possible your
Appwiz.cpl file is still on your PC, but just not showing up in
Control Panel. If that's the case, TweakUI would help.



James H
 

jotho

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James73...

Ran appwiz.cpl through the FindFile, but nothing shows up.

If you did send me that file would i simply cut and paste the folder or whatever directly into the system folder file? I would not really know the procedure unless someone were to help me on that. Also, what is 'TweakUI'?
thanks for your time...
jotho
 
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Firstly, I'll need your email address, so tell me what it is.

Then, I'll send you an email with an attached file. You then open
up the email and you see a little paper-clip-like icon on the right
hand side of the message. This indicates the email has an attached
file. You click on this icon and you should get the option to "save
attachment" - so just save it into your c:\windows\system folder.

After that, go into Control Panel, and it should be back.


TweakUI is a little add-on program from Microsoft, which lets you
change all sorts of settings on your PC. I believe it was first
part of Windows NT, but Microsoft "forgot" to include it in Win95/98
so they made it available seperately. It's not essential by the
way, it's just handy to have. Also, you'd need Winzip to open it
as every time I've downloaded it, it's been a winzip file.



James H
 
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Ok, I'm just about to leave work. I'll be home in about half an hour.
I'll email mail it to you then.



James H
 

jotho

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BADA BING! PROBLEM SOLVED!!...
Thanks to James73, and thanks to TechGuy forums!

PS James, it went like clockwork...gracias!
 

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Sorry must have been posting at the same time as james looks like Im too late.........
 
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Just curious, how much did this "technician" charge you to upgrade you to Win98 SE??
 
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