cannot access device manager on Vista

  Garthyy 18:15 07 Dec 2008

I cannot access device manager or any part of mmc, it keeps saying t might be because of a later version or no rights to access it. I dont know the last time I used it so am unsure when it happened

  mrwoowoo 18:27 07 Dec 2008

You don't say if you have Vista or xp.
Sometimes this can be malware or a virus.
Do a scan with your anti virus software and then a spyware scan.If that doesn't resolve it then there are other things to try.

  mrwoowoo 18:30 07 Dec 2008

Sorry,just seen Vista in your title..DOH!
You could also try turning off UAC to see if that's the problem.

  Garthyy 19:44 07 Dec 2008

I've done full antivirus scan, will tryspybot now. Cannot access uac as thats part of microsoft management console - I can start a new console but cant save the changes as it cant find mmc.exe.

  mrwoowoo 19:54 07 Dec 2008

Try clicking the start orb and type in 'device manager'.Or type in 'control panel'.
I sometimes do this to access control panel when explorer kept failing to respond.
Not a cure but a work around until it's sorted.

  Garthyy 20:12 07 Dec 2008

no spyware found. cant access device manager your way at all

  MCE2K5 20:35 07 Dec 2008
  mrwoowoo 23:34 07 Dec 2008

This may help.
click here

  Peter 03:33 08 Dec 2008


You could try using the Windows Key + Pause/Break Key, Key combination to access System Properties and gain access to the Device Manager from there.


  Garthyy 13:19 09 Dec 2008

tried everything abnove and no luck

  Garthyy 11:42 11 Dec 2008

Finally managed to restore to an earlier date and all ok. Thanks to all for your help

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