Icons are missing from Control Panel. in windows vista

Posted on 2009-02-10
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
Icons are missing from Control Panel. in windows vista

1. I cannot start Control Panel. When I try to start Control Panel, the screen flashes briefly, but Control Panel does not start.

2. I have Windows Vista Service Pack installed already n the system is updated with latest patches too

please help

thanks in advance
Question by:VimalSheth
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    Try running the System File Checker from an elevated Command Prompt.  You run it from an elevated command prompt by clicking the Start orb, clicking All Programs on the Start Menu, clicking Accessories, and then right clicking Command Prompt and choosing Run as administrator.   Then type SFC  /SCANNOW at the Command Prompt.

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    no luck
    shows everything okay on sfc
    but all icons from control panel still missing
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    This web page may be of help in restoring missing Control Panel items:

    But I wonder how this problem started anyway; perhaps a virus or other malware?  (Do you turn off User Account Control?  If so, that's a guaranteed way to get hit my all sorts of malware.)  This could be a problem with viruses/trojans/spyware or other malware. Some free online virus scanners:

    Also try these free programs to rid your system of spyware, trojans, and other malware:
    Spybot - Search & Destroy
    LavaSoft Ad-aware  

    I use BOTH of the above programs on my 3 Windows systems; what one program misses, the other catches.  Also make sure to download the most up-to-date data before you run the programs.

    Another very good freeware program for ridding yourself of spyware is this:
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    VimalSheth, how about some feedback?

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