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Old 18th March 2006   #1
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I have lost the ability to open the Device Manager by double-clicking on the System icon in the Control Panel, selecting the Hardware tab, and clicking Device Manager. Instead of opening I get a window "The selected file cannot be found".

I don't find an error in Event Viewer.
I used System Restore but my restore points didn't go back far enough.
I used sfc /scannow but that didn't fix the problem.
I thought maybe it was a simple error in the Registry Editor but I searched and didn't find it.

I can open the Device Manager from a shortcut I created here C:\WINDOWS\system32\Device Manager.msc
but I would like to repair this annoyance.

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June--Of possible help
http://72.14.203.104/search?q=cache:...s&ct=clnk&cd=2

FWIW--I have no such file as DeviceManager.msc. I do have devmgmt.msc.

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Thank you Jim.
When I try to open 'devmgmt.msc' from 'Start' | Run I get a window with devmgmt.msc in the title bar and "Windows cannot find 'devmgmt.msc'. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again. To search for a file, click the Start button, and then click Search."


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Have you tried right cliking on your my computer icon. then going to hardware, then to device manager.

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June--FWIW-- I can access Device Manager running devmgmt.msc from either Start|Run or a C:\ Command Prompt.
I'm stumped. I would have suggested sfc /scannow, but I see you already did that. Do you have devmgmt.msc on your hard drive?
Weird that we have different .msc files.
Perhaps this reference will offer help
http://www.theeldergeek.com/microsof...nt_console.htm
And tons more to read here
http://www.google.com/search?sourcei...nsole+Document

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Thanks Barry and thanks so much Jim. You solved my problem with your comment about not having Device Manager.msc.

When I searched my C drive for devmgmt.msc "there are no results to display".

When I searched my C drive for *.msc 20 objects are listed BUT no devmgmt.msc. I do have device manager.msc (all lower case).

When I searched my C drive for Device Manager.msc one file was found in C:\WINDOWS\System32.

However, in January I had to have a new motherboard put in my computer and since I am a classic pack rat I still had a backup copy of my old C drive and I found devmgmt.msc but NOT a Device Manager.msc file!

I copied devmgmt.msc to C:\WINDOWS\system 32 and my problem was solved and now Device Manager works just fine!!!!! Guess I'll never know why System File Checker didn't fix this, what originally happened to that file or where the Device Manager.msc file came from BUT now it works.

I would never have been able to fix this without your comment Jim.The knowledgeable people on this board always come to my rescue when strange things happen to me.

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June--That really is good news. Thanks for posting back. Always good to hear a suggestion helped.
P.S. I wonder where Device Manager.msc. came from. I cannot find a reference to it, but I did not search too hard.

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