For some time till today, whenever I right click on My Computer and select Manage, nothing was happenning. I have fixed it up now but while browsing around, I haven’t seen a solid and a complete solution, so here is a sum up what I have done for the fix.

Symptom: Right click on My Computer, select Manage OR hit Start->Run, type compmgmt.msc and click Ok will NOT open up Computer Management Console on a Vista computer.

WARNING: Information here is only my personal experience, I will take NO responsibility at all.
WARNING: You will need a Windows installation disk in the same language as your installed system.

What NOT to do: (Doing so will just make you waste time)
– Don’t scan for a virus or backdoor or malware action
– Don’t play with UAC settings
– Don’t try to Run As Administrator
– Don’t try to restore from a back-up or a System Restore
– Don’t ever try to obtain the WIM filter driver from the Windows Automated Installation Kit (Windows AIK): vista_6000.16386.061101-2205-LRMAIK_EN.img. It’s HUGE (992.2 MB)
– Don’t follow MS Help and Support KB 942968: (http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;942968) Stop error when you try to download updates from Windows Update on a computer that is running Windows Vista: “0x80070246”

What to do:

1. Follow this article till the very last item, because you will get stuck when it comes to replace the file with a good-copy of the file. (i.e. 3.Type the following command to replace the file with a known good copy of the file):
from http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929833:

1.    Open an elevated command prompt. To do this, click Start, click All Programs, click Accessories, right-click
Command Prompt, and then click Run as administrator.
If you are prompted for an administrator password or for a confirmation, type the password, or click Allow.
2.    Type the following command, and then press ENTER:
sfc /scannow
The sfc /scannow command scans all protected system files and replaces incorrect versions with correct Microsoft versions.
To determine which files could not be repaired by the System File Checker tool, follow these steps:
1.    Open an elevated command prompt.
2.    Type the following command, and then press ENTER:
findstr /C:"[SR] Cannot repair member file" %windir%\logs\cbs\cbs.log >sfcdetails.txt
Note The Sfcdetails.txt file contains details from every time that the System File Checker tool has been run on the computer.
The file includes information about files that were not repaired by the System File Checker tool. Verify the date and time entries
to determine the problem files that were found the last time that you ran the System File Checker tool.
3.    Type the following command, and then press ENTER:
edit sfcdetails.txt
The Sfcdetails.txt file uses the following format:
Date/Time SFC detail
The following sample log file contains an entry for a file that could not be repaired:

2007-01-12 12:10:42, Info                  CSI    00000008 [SR] Cannot
repair member file [l:34{17}]"Accessibility.dll" of Accessibility, Version =
6.0.6000.16386, pA = PROCESSOR_ARCHITECTURE_MSIL (8), Culture neutral,
VersionScope neutral, PublicKeyToken = {l:8 b:b03f5f7f11d50a3a}, Type
neutral, TypeName neutral, PublicKey neutral in the store, file is missing

If the System File Checker tool cannot repair a file, follow these steps:
1.    At an elevated command prompt, type the following command, and then press ENTER:
takeown /f Path_And_File_Name
For example, type takeown /f E:\windows\system32\jscript.dll.
2.    Type the following command, and then press ENTER to grant administrators full access to the file:
icacls Path_And_File_Name /GRANT ADMINISTRATORS:F
For example, type icacls E:\windows\system32\jscript.dll /grant administrators:F.

2. Download and install 7-Zip file archiver, if you don’t already have. http://www.7-zip.org/download.html

3. Insert your windows installation disk

4. Run 7-Zip archiver, open the installation disk, open the WIM file :
DVD_Drive_Letter:\sources\install.wim

5. In the install.wim, browse through: (replace tr-TR with your own locale ID) (Note the leading 1)
1\Windows\System32\tr-TR\

6. Locate the file mmc.exe.mui, Right click on it and select copy, in the copy dialog, browse to: (replace tr-TR with your own locale ID) (Your_Windows_Drive is probably C)
Your_Windows_Drive:\Windows\System32\tr-TR\
and press OK

7. That’s it. It should be working now. Try to hit Start->Run, type compmgmt.msc and clicking OK should now open up the computer management console.

Good luck!


2 Comments to “Solution: Management console not working in Vista”  

  1. 1 Ken

    I had this same problem occur on my Vista Ultimate installation. By using some of your methodology for replacing some files from the install disc, was able to get the management console operating again. I was unable to perform a complete takedown of all the listed files from the scan with the sfc. Replacing some vital files from the Vista install disc using 7zip DID do the trick. I thank you for your information-I found it very valuable.

  2. 2 Emre

    Thank you Ken, I’m glad it helped.

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