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[Resolved] locked out of system properties

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by mikey's, Feb 7, 2003.

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  1. mikey's

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    I am using windows 98se and as of recent when i right click my computer and click properties nothing happends.

    (properties box should be opening up)

    I even tried my computer,control panel,system.

    I would like to get into my system properties again.

    I am the only one who uses this computer,its a personal computer.

    Ive tried this and it did not help

    Registry Key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
    Modify/Create the Value Data Type(s) and Value Name(s) as detailed below.
    Data Type: REG_DWORD [Dword Value] // Value Name: NoPropertiesMyComputer
    Value Data: [0 - Display Properties / 1 - Hide Properties]
    Exit Registry and Reboot


    Thanks for all of your help !
     
  2. Rollin' Rog

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    Welcome to TSG, mikey's.

    I would remove that hack from the registry as I believe it is meant for XP and does nothing in Win98SE.

    Here are some other methods to test:

    1 -- press the Windows and pause/break keys at the same time.

    2 -- from start>run, enter: control sysdm.cpl

    3 -- find the sysdm.cpl applet in c:\windows\system and click on it directly. If that does not work, use the System File Checker to replace it.

    Using SFC to extract files

    1. Go to Start>Run and enter SFC and click OK
    2. Check "Extract one File"
    3. Enter the file name and click on "Start"
    4. In the "Restore from" field enter:: D:\WIN98 [if 'D' is not the letter of your CD-Rom drive, modify appropriately]
    5. Click OK

    {if you do not have a Windows system CD, try subsitituting c:\windows\options\cabs in the"restore from field"}

    You should also scan your system with an updated virus scanner, as certain ones can interfere with the ability to run Control Panel applets. Are any others affected?

    There is an online scanner you can use here if you don't have a good one currently.

    http://housecall.antivirus.com/
     
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  4. Rollin' Rog

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    Glad you nailed it, and you're welcome for the help.

    Yes that's a good page for folks to bookmark. All those applets can be loaded from the run bar by adding control as the first word, and they are all found in c:\windows\system. If they can't be run from there, there are usually corrupt.
     
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