active directory MMC snap in

I'm using windows 7 and trying to open active directory on my pc. When it opens I get a error with MMC could not create the snap in. I have tried to run it as a admin, same error. I tried to right click and run as different user but that option does not appear? I have held down shift and right clicked to try and get the run as different user and it still does not appear. I'm new to active directory and have only used it a few times before.  This is the first time I've had this error and can't use the program.
evollicAsked:
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Joseph MoodyBlogger and wearer of all hats.Commented:
It sounds like your need to reinstall the remote server administration tools (RSAT) for Windows 7.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=7887
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Rich WeisslerProfessional Troublemaker^h^h^h^h^hshooterCommented:
Just double checking... but have you already installed the RSAT tools on your Windows 7 computer?  They are available for download from Microsoft...
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evollicAuthor Commented:
Yes, I have RSAT tools installed.
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Rich WeisslerProfessional Troublemaker^h^h^h^h^hshooterCommented:
After install, did you go to "Control Panel", "Programs and Features", and on the left - "Turn Windows Feature On or Off" -- and make certain you've turned on the RSAT features you want to use...
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Big MontyWeb Ninja at largeCommented:
i know older versions of the .NET framework don't play well with the MMC snap-in, what version of the framework do you have? I would try downloading anything over version 3
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Big MontyWeb Ninja at largeCommented:
here's some more info on downloading / re-installing the .NET frameworks for reference
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evollicAuthor Commented:
I have Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5.1 Monty. Yes Rich I have turned on the features I want to use.
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Big MontyWeb Ninja at largeCommented:
try re-installing it
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evollicAuthor Commented:
I just re-installed and still nothing. Actually now when I try to open AD it says this action is only valid on products that are currently installed.
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Big MontyWeb Ninja at largeCommented:
so you're getting a different message now? can you provide the exact message or a screen shot of it?
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evollicAuthor Commented:
The exact message is ...Problem with shortcut..This action is only valid for products that are currently installed.
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Big MontyWeb Ninja at largeCommented:
try removing the MMC snapin (look under Programs and Features, reboot, then add it back. def sounds like a corruption issue
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evollicAuthor Commented:
Thank you Monty!
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Big MontyWeb Ninja at largeCommented:
you're very welcome, glad you got it working!
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