Turn Windows features on or off - blank / empty list
Posted on 2008-10-14
Have a Vista Business machine with SP1. I had an old version of the Admin Tools installed and wanted to use GP tool. Since SP1 removed GPMC from Vista, I had to install the new Remote Admin tools. So I removed the old ones, rebooted, installed the new set (941314), rebooted. According to MS, you then go to Control Panel, Programs and Features, Turn Windows features on or off. I do that and I get a "Please Wait..." message for a few seconds, then it goes away and I have a blank list. I vaguely remember this happening several months ago, but it wasn't important at the time so I didn't pursue it.
Anyhow, after 30 minutes, still no list. I searched and found many suggestions (and many many problems reports). I did them all (chkdsk, sfc /scannow, reboots, uniinstall/reinstall of the new pack...). The only thing I haven't done is something I can't do, and that's an Upgrade Install of Vista. I have SP1, the install CD I have is pre-SP1 and won't "Upgrade" to an older version. So, that's out too. Anyone have any ideas, either to fix the problem or to get an upgrade sucessfully completed. I hate the stupid Upgrade path "fix" as it's a cop out for real troubleshooting and fixes from Microsoft, but at this point I'm beyond caring (too much).