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For some reason my control panel will not open. When I try to access it, it pops up with an error message that says:

Windows Explorer has stopped working

Windows can check online for a solution to the problem and try to restart the program.

> Check online for a solution and restart the program
> Restart the program

When I select the first option it acts like it's trying to retrieve info from online, then it just restarts explorer.exe

Now, I may be completely off by assuming that this error is related to having a non-compatible version of Norton Anti-Virus installed. Yet I will go on to ask if anyone knows how to get directly to the Add/Remove Programs area in Windows without having to go through the control panel. i.e. C://Windows/... ???

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Last Post by caperjack
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go to start ,Run ,type in, appwiz.cpl. to get to add remove programs.or
have you tried safe mode,hitting f8 on bootup go to safe mode

wow, i feel pretty retarded to not have thought about safe mode. still new to vista tho, so thanks for the advice.

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hopefully this isn't too much to ask, but can you tell me the other "shortcuts" to get to other control panel tools?

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hopefully this isn't too much to ask, but can you tell me the other "shortcuts" to get to other control panel tools?

sorry thats the only one i know!
You could try a program caleed ccleaner it has a add and remove feature but im not sure if it works when the windows control panel is not functioning ..the ccleaner uninstall function is in the tools section ,ccleaner is a very safe program i use it all the time for about 2 yrs now .
you can find ccleaner at www.filehippo.com

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