My Windows XP cannot open any of the programs/folders in the Control Panel

Sometimes, some of the windows protected files can be lost or changed. To detect any problems run the program “System File Checker” (SFC). Before you run it you should purge your PC’s cache:-

Go to “START”
Click “RUN”
Type or “copy and paste”.. sfc.exe /purgecache

Note:- the space after “exe”.

The “purgecache” in this command will empty the cache before you run the file checker. You should always purge the cache before scanning with the System File Checker (SFC). That way, you can be sure that system files are copied from your Windows installation media, and are not infected with malware or corrupted. After the cache has been purged, run System File Checker.

Go to “START”
Click “RUN”
Type or “copy and paste”… sfc.exe /scannow

Note:- the space after “exe”. You may be required to use your installation disk.

This could take a long time to complete, when finished, reboot and see if the problem still exists.

Just because you have a good virus detector and you scan your PC every day does not mean that your PC is clean. Even if your PC is clean, it can not hurt to check and rule out that problem. A very good site here is located at:-

If you have tried everything there and you are still having problems, then maybe a Windows repair is required. If you want to repair your installation with your Operating System disk, go to:-

You can follow the instructions there with photos or go to my instructions at:- Post #7