Reinstall Security Center control panel applet

Posted on 2008-11-06
Last Modified: 2013-11-22
After removing the most recent version of the rogue program AntiVirus 2009 from a PC, I noticed that the Security Center applet is now missing. Antivirus 2009 takes over (or the place of) this applet.  I used MalwareBytes to clean the computer since it wouldn't let Spybot or Hijack This run.  Unfortunately Security Center is now missing. The service is still running in services.msc. It can be started and stopped. I reinstalled XP SP3 but nothing happened. I realize Security Center was installed with SP2, but I don't want to reinstall service packs all over AGAIN.  Also I am unable to switch to Category View for Control Panel. I'm forever stuck with Classic view. Not a big deal but it was noticed.
I'm looking for a free program that will fix this or at least for a known registry tweak.
I'm an IT Technician/analyst, unfortunately this one has stumped me.
Question by:RyanJ674

    Author Comment

    Naturally, as soon as I post, I find out that wscui.cpl starts the Security Center interface. This starts normally, but I can't just drag a man-made shortcut (icon) into Control Panel. Still trying to get the applet back into Control Panel.
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    Accepted Solution

    I'm not completely sure about your situation but you can try TweakUI ( It has an option for checking and unchecking control panel applets.

    Author Comment

    Oh yeah, that's true. I happen to have that tool too.  I've gotten so used to manually making changes I rarely pull out that tool anymore, but this would be a good instance to use it.  I'll try it tonight when I get home and let you know what happens.
    OS is XP Home with SP3 and all updates. (Just in case anyone wanted to know)
    It also has an OLD version of McAfee (vs 7?) which was easily disabled by the Rogue/Virus program while it was still operating.


    Author Comment

    Yup, the simple solution to add Security Center was with the help of TweakUI. However I wish TweakUI was more informative on what it did. I'd like to know the manual version in case I need to do this on a PC that doesn't have access to powertools.
    I also found and removed the ForceClassicControlPanel value from the registry which allows the ability to switch between Classc view and Category view.
    Value was located in:

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