for the benefit of someone who might know about Dr Watson, what version of windows are you using, when did this start, had you just installed anything new (software OR hardware) and could you explain a little clearer what the problem is, i got that control panel hangs but thats it (maybe im thick)
maybe try to turn off Dr Watson, it might be causing the problem.
I see what you imply, but that is not the case. I posted a question about control centre. After more scratching about, it appears to be a Dr watson issue. I closed the original thread as resolved, and started a new one on what appeared to be a more relevant subject.
Anyhow, in the interim period i have done the following
restored back as far as possible - no fix re-installed win xp home - no fix but the error report now gets a return from microsoft indicating an issue with intel graphics drivers downloaded the latest intel graphics driver - no fix disabled the intel graphics driver - the issue now appears to be fixed.
its win xp home dr watson is apparently an inbuilt error reporting tool for microsot. it has been linked with some forms of virus. in my case this now apears not to be the case.
I have just installed a wireles router, but have had the same problem before. This is incidental, as installing the router require me to use control panel - not a commen thing for me, not very good with computers!
when opening control panel, the window opens but does not populate with any icons. Then the microsoft error report trys to file to microsoft then dr watson trys to report to microsoft.
Anyhow, I have fixed it now, but thanks for the interest. If you want, I can give much more details on what i did.