Device Manager has disappeared

  dms05 16:30 30 Oct 2007

I need to check my USB ports and when trying to access Device Manager I receive the error 'file cannot be found' from MMC. Any idea of the best way to reinstate the file? I'm trying to access via My Computer>Properties>Hardware>Device Manager

  Diemmess 16:35 30 Oct 2007

Have you tried Control Panel > System > Hardware > Device Manager?

  woodchip 16:35 30 Oct 2007

Two things to Try Do a System Restore, or from Run type


and press enter

  rawprawn 16:38 30 Oct 2007

Try A system file scan.
Go to Start>Run> type sfc /scannow and Enter
I am assuming XP, you will need your XP CD. If you are on Vista come back it is a different method

  [email protected] 16:38 30 Oct 2007

try no,107 right hand side
click here

  Graham. 16:38 30 Oct 2007

Do a virus/malware scan.

  dms05 16:41 30 Oct 2007

Diemmess - it doesn't work via Control Panel either!

Woodchip - I'll try Scannow and report again an hour when it's finished!

  [email protected] 16:43 30 Oct 2007

try 107 first takes a minute if that doesn work then do the sfc

  dms05 17:01 30 Oct 2007

Raven - thanks for the tip. I've checked as per item 107 and everything seems to be in order. So it's SFC /SCANNOW'ing now and has demanded my original XP CD to copy files from.

  woodchip 21:18 30 Oct 2007

It may not ask for CD

  dms05 21:26 30 Oct 2007

Well none of thaat worked. Device Manager is still AWOL. I've tried System Restore to the earliest point available and that didn't solve the problem either so I'm now restoring to the latest point.

I need access to Device Manager as I have problems with my USB ports and I want to reinstall them.

Any ideas?

(I have my laptop set to dual boot with PCLinux 2007 and when running Linux everything works correctly so it's unlikely to be a hardware problem)

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