Opening CP results in the usual CP box which is totally empty. Windows Explorer (I'm using Me) says that there a number of files there (33), but the 'panel' is still empty. The usual .CPL files are in the usual place, and double-clicking them opens them up in the normal way. Before you ask, yes, I have done a thorough check for viruses, etc. This problem has seemingly appeared from nowhere, ie without provocation. Clicking on the WINDOWS directory in Windows Explorer also results in a blank panel, but the message at the bottom-left of the screen says 418 objects, 200 MB etc. So far, this problem has not occurred with any other directory. All help would be gratefully appreciated. RJL_AURORA.