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Can't turn Windows features on or off

  1. #1


    Vern Rabe Guest

    Can't turn Windows features on or off

    Vista Ultimate x64. When I go to Control Panel, Programs, Programs and
    Features, and click on the "Turn Windows features on or off" link, the
    Windows Features window is empty. Any idea why, or more importantly, how to
    get the features to be listed.

    Thanks
    Vern Rabe

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  2. #2


    Vern Rabe Guest

    RE: Can't turn Windows features on or off

    I think I have found my own solution, via different Google attempts.

    Thanks

    "Vern Rabe" wrote:

    > Vista Ultimate x64. When I go to Control Panel, Programs, Programs and
    > Features, and click on the "Turn Windows features on or off" link, the
    > Windows Features window is empty. Any idea why, or more importantly, how to
    > get the features to be listed.
    >
    > Thanks
    > Vern Rabe

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #3


    R. C. White Guest

    Re: Can't turn Windows features on or off

    Hi, Vern.

    Since you shared your problem, could you please also share the solution you
    found?

    When you click to "Turn...on...", how long did you wait? This can often
    take several seconds, during which it seems nothing is happening, and some
    users stop the process too soon.

    RC
    --
    R. C. White, CPA
    San Marcos, TX
    rc@xxxxxx
    Microsoft Windows MVP
    Windows Live Mail 2009 (14.0.8064.0206) in Win7 Ultimate x64 7000

    "Vern Rabe" <VernRabe@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:15FAECE7-C5C2-42E8-B67C-6CFE83306A74@xxxxxx

    > I think I have found my own solution, via different Google attempts.
    >
    > Thanks
    >
    > "Vern Rabe" wrote:
    >

    >> Vista Ultimate x64. When I go to Control Panel, Programs, Programs and
    >> Features, and click on the "Turn Windows features on or off" link, the
    >> Windows Features window is empty. Any idea why, or more importantly, how
    >> to
    >> get the features to be listed.
    >>
    >> Thanks
    >> Vern Rabe

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #4


    Vern Rabe Guest

    Re: Can't turn Windows features on or off

    Sure. First, yes I waited minutes for the window to populate. The reason for
    this behavior is apparently due to one or more corrupted operating system
    files. See http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/931712. The first
    solution was to run "sfc /scannow". When I ran it, it reported corruption,
    but also reported that it couldn't fix it. The second method is to perform a
    system restore, but I don't have an old-enough restore point, so that didn't
    work for me either. More Googling revealed another option of updating the OS.
    But when I tried that, it reported that I had to uninstall Powershell before
    I could update. I can't uninstall Powershell, and I'm guessing that it's due
    to the corruption that I have. So I've resigned myself to a complete
    re-install. How frustrating.

    Vern Rabe


    "R. C. White" wrote:

    > Hi, Vern.
    >
    > Since you shared your problem, could you please also share the solution you
    > found?
    >
    > When you click to "Turn...on...", how long did you wait? This can often
    > take several seconds, during which it seems nothing is happening, and some
    > users stop the process too soon.
    >
    > RC
    > --
    > R. C. White, CPA
    > San Marcos, TX
    > rc@xxxxxx
    > Microsoft Windows MVP
    > Windows Live Mail 2009 (14.0.8064.0206) in Win7 Ultimate x64 7000
    >
    > "Vern Rabe" <VernRabe@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > news:15FAECE7-C5C2-42E8-B67C-6CFE83306A74@xxxxxx

    > > I think I have found my own solution, via different Google attempts.
    > >
    > > Thanks
    > >
    > > "Vern Rabe" wrote:
    > >

    > >> Vista Ultimate x64. When I go to Control Panel, Programs, Programs and
    > >> Features, and click on the "Turn Windows features on or off" link, the
    > >> Windows Features window is empty. Any idea why, or more importantly, how
    > >> to
    > >> get the features to be listed.
    > >>
    > >> Thanks
    > >> Vern Rabe
    >
    >

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #5


    R. C. White Guest

    Re: Can't turn Windows features on or off

    Hi, Vern.

    Sorry about that. But thanks for the story of what happened. Maybe someone
    here will have a clue for a better/easier fix. But sometimes things get so
    tangled that a re-install is easier than trying to untangle. (Been there;
    done that; more than once. <sigh> )

    RC
    --
    R. C. White, CPA
    San Marcos, TX
    rc@xxxxxx
    Microsoft Windows MVP
    Windows Live Mail 2009 (14.0.8064.0206) in Win7 Ultimate x64 7000

    "Vern Rabe" <VernRabe@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news531C185-00D6-4E5A-87D0-12D10DE29DD8@xxxxxx

    > Sure. First, yes I waited minutes for the window to populate. The reason
    > for
    > this behavior is apparently due to one or more corrupted operating system
    > files. See http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/931712. The first
    > solution was to run "sfc /scannow". When I ran it, it reported corruption,
    > but also reported that it couldn't fix it. The second method is to perform
    > a
    > system restore, but I don't have an old-enough restore point, so that
    > didn't
    > work for me either. More Googling revealed another option of updating the
    > OS.
    > But when I tried that, it reported that I had to uninstall Powershell
    > before
    > I could update. I can't uninstall Powershell, and I'm guessing that it's
    > due
    > to the corruption that I have. So I've resigned myself to a complete
    > re-install. How frustrating.
    >
    > Vern Rabe
    >
    >
    > "R. C. White" wrote:
    >

    >> Hi, Vern.
    >>
    >> Since you shared your problem, could you please also share the solution
    >> you
    >> found?
    >>
    >> When you click to "Turn...on...", how long did you wait? This can often
    >> take several seconds, during which it seems nothing is happening, and
    >> some
    >> users stop the process too soon.
    >>
    >> RC
    >>
    >> "Vern Rabe" <VernRabe@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    >> news:15FAECE7-C5C2-42E8-B67C-6CFE83306A74@xxxxxx

    >> > I think I have found my own solution, via different Google attempts.
    >> >
    >> > Thanks
    >> >
    >> > "Vern Rabe" wrote:
    >> >
    >> >> Vista Ultimate x64. When I go to Control Panel, Programs, Programs and
    >> >> Features, and click on the "Turn Windows features on or off" link, the
    >> >> Windows Features window is empty. Any idea why, or more importantly,
    >> >> how
    >> >> to
    >> >> get the features to be listed.
    >> >>
    >> >> Thanks
    >> >> Vern Rabe

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  6. #6


    Vern Rabe Guest

    Re: Can't turn Windows features on or off

    Some times encountering and solving problems is the best way to learn. My
    number one take away here is to maintain a better set of restore points.

    Vern Rabe

    "R. C. White" wrote:

    > Hi, Vern.
    >
    > Sorry about that. But thanks for the story of what happened. Maybe someone
    > here will have a clue for a better/easier fix. But sometimes things get so
    > tangled that a re-install is easier than trying to untangle. (Been there;
    > done that; more than once. <sigh> )
    >
    > RC
    > --
    > R. C. White, CPA
    > San Marcos, TX
    > rc@xxxxxx
    > Microsoft Windows MVP
    > Windows Live Mail 2009 (14.0.8064.0206) in Win7 Ultimate x64 7000
    >
    > "Vern Rabe" <VernRabe@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > news531C185-00D6-4E5A-87D0-12D10DE29DD8@xxxxxx

    > > Sure. First, yes I waited minutes for the window to populate. The reason
    > > for
    > > this behavior is apparently due to one or more corrupted operating system
    > > files. See http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/931712. The first
    > > solution was to run "sfc /scannow". When I ran it, it reported corruption,
    > > but also reported that it couldn't fix it. The second method is to perform
    > > a
    > > system restore, but I don't have an old-enough restore point, so that
    > > didn't
    > > work for me either. More Googling revealed another option of updating the
    > > OS.
    > > But when I tried that, it reported that I had to uninstall Powershell
    > > before
    > > I could update. I can't uninstall Powershell, and I'm guessing that it's
    > > due
    > > to the corruption that I have. So I've resigned myself to a complete
    > > re-install. How frustrating.
    > >
    > > Vern Rabe
    > >
    > >
    > > "R. C. White" wrote:
    > >

    > >> Hi, Vern.
    > >>
    > >> Since you shared your problem, could you please also share the solution
    > >> you
    > >> found?
    > >>
    > >> When you click to "Turn...on...", how long did you wait? This can often
    > >> take several seconds, during which it seems nothing is happening, and
    > >> some
    > >> users stop the process too soon.
    > >>
    > >> RC
    > >>
    > >> "Vern Rabe" <VernRabe@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > >> news:15FAECE7-C5C2-42E8-B67C-6CFE83306A74@xxxxxx
    > >> > I think I have found my own solution, via different Google attempts.
    > >> >
    > >> > Thanks
    > >> >
    > >> > "Vern Rabe" wrote:
    > >> >
    > >> >> Vista Ultimate x64. When I go to Control Panel, Programs, Programs and
    > >> >> Features, and click on the "Turn Windows features on or off" link, the
    > >> >> Windows Features window is empty. Any idea why, or more importantly,
    > >> >> how
    > >> >> to
    > >> >> get the features to be listed.
    > >> >>
    > >> >> Thanks
    > >> >> Vern Rabe
    >
    >

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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