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Solved: missing control panel option ???

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by adaz, Mar 2, 2006.

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  1. adaz

    adaz Thread Starter

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    Hi
    Ive just switched From win 2k to xp pro (no sp yet) so i hope this isn't just me being dumb:eek:

    I'm trying to resolve some hardware issues by installing / reinstalling but when i go to the control panel all there is is "ADD HARDWARE"

    unless I'm mistaken this panel should read add remove hardware? This is the same for all user accounts including the default administrator account which i have never used or altered.

    Please could someone give me a clue as to how to restore this option, or let me know if I'm being dim and its supposed to be that way.:confused:
     
  2. axis77

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    Certain Control Panel icons are missing after upgrading to Windows XP
    If you upgrade an earlier version of Windows to XP, you may find that several icons are missing from Control Panel. This is caused by a bug in Windows XP where certain registry settings left over from previous versions are misinterpreted. Here's how to fix it:
    * Run the Registry Editor (REGEDIT.EXE).
    * Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Control Panel.
    * Delete the Don't load key entirely, and close the Registry Editor.
    * The change should take effect immediately.
    I found this, but i would advise to make a restore point first before you try..
     
  3. adaz

    adaz Thread Starter

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    Thanks axis77, i found the reg key and deleted it and re-booted, i still only have add hardware! the icon isnt missing just the option to remove?

    also i dint upgrade from 2k to xp, (sorry i wasnt clear about that, my mistake) Thankyou for youre very quick reply though!
     
  4. Claymore

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    Hi,

    In WinXP two applets:

    Add Hardware
    Add or Remove Programs

    No "Remove Hardware" that I know of, although it exists in Win2k as Add/Remove Hardware.
     
  5. adaz

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    ok thanks my mistake (it was me being dum) thanks for all the help :+)
     
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