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Device Manager gone??

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Willard, Feb 10, 2010.

  1. Willard

    Willard Flightless Bird

    When I right click on "My Computer"& left click on "Properties" I get a
    "My Computer Properties" window with only a "General" tab & "Shortcut"
    tab (no "Hardware" tab)??
    Is there another way to bring up the Device Manager and a fix for "My
    Computer Properties"??
     
  2. Jose

    Jose Flightless Bird

    On Feb 10, 4:32 pm, Willard <gu...@msn.invalid> wrote:
    > When I right click on "My Computer"& left click on "Properties" I get a
    > "My Computer Properties" window with only a "General" tab & "Shortcut"
    > tab (no "Hardware" tab)??
    > Is there another way to bring up the Device Manager and a fix for "My
    > Computer Properties"??


    To launch the Device Manger console, click Start, Run and in the box
    enter:

    %SystemRoot%\system32\devmgmt.msc

    Click OK.

    That may not work if some malicious software has disabled the things
    that will help you locate and remove it, so...

    Perform some scans for malicious software, then fix any remaining
    issues:

    Download, install, update and do a full scan with these free malware
    detection programs:

    Malwarebytes (MBAM): http://malwarebytes.org/
    SUPERAntiSpyware: (SAS): http://www.superantispyware.com/

    They can be uninstalled later if desired.
     
  3. Willard

    Willard Flightless Bird

    Jose wrote:
    > On Feb 10, 4:32 pm, Willard <gu...@msn.invalid> wrote:
    >
    >> When I right click on "My Computer"& left click on "Properties" I get a
    >> "My Computer Properties" window with only a "General" tab & "Shortcut"
    >> tab (no "Hardware" tab)??
    >> Is there another way to bring up the Device Manager and a fix for "My
    >> Computer Properties"??
    >>

    >
    > To launch the Device Manger console, click Start, Run and in the box
    > enter:
    >
    > %SystemRoot%\system32\devmgmt.msc
    >
    > Click OK.
    >
    > That may not work if some malicious software has disabled the things
    > that will help you locate and remove it, so...
    >
    > Perform some scans for malicious software, then fix any remaining
    > issues:
    >
    > Download, install, update and do a full scan with these free malware
    > detection programs:
    >
    > Malwarebytes (MBAM): http://malwarebytes.org/
    > SUPERAntiSpyware: (SAS): http://www.superantispyware.com/
    >
    > They can be uninstalled later if desired.
    >

    That run launched the device mgr..
    Will the malware detection progs restore the my computer properties??
     
  4. SC Tom

    SC Tom Flightless Bird

    "Willard" <guess@msn.invalid> wrote in message
    news:%23WPcdipqKHA.5116@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    > When I right click on "My Computer"& left click on "Properties" I get a
    > "My Computer Properties" window with only a "General" tab & "Shortcut" tab
    > (no "Hardware" tab)??
    > Is there another way to bring up the Device Manager and a fix for "My
    > Computer Properties"??


    It sounds like you are right-clicking on the shortcut to My Computer. Open
    My Computer, then right-click in the upper-left icon, pick Properties. What
    shows now?
    --
    SC Tom
     
  5. VanguardLH

    VanguardLH Flightless Bird

    Willard wrote:

    > When I right click on "My Computer"& left click on "Properties" I get a
    > "My Computer Properties" window with only a "General" tab & "Shortcut"
    > tab (no "Hardware" tab)??
    > Is there another way to bring up the Device Manager and a fix for "My
    > Computer Properties"??


    Start -> Run
    Enter: devmgmt.msc
     
  6. Jose

    Jose Flightless Bird

    On Feb 10, 7:26 pm, Willard <gu...@msn.invalid> wrote:
    > Jose wrote:
    > > On Feb 10, 4:32 pm, Willard <gu...@msn.invalid> wrote:

    >
    > >> When I right click on "My Computer"& left click on "Properties" I get a
    > >> "My Computer Properties" window with only a "General" tab & "Shortcut"
    > >> tab (no "Hardware" tab)??
    > >> Is there another way to bring up the Device Manager and a fix for "My
    > >> Computer Properties"??

    >
    > > To launch the Device Manger console, click Start, Run and in the box
    > > enter:

    >
    > > %SystemRoot%\system32\devmgmt.msc

    >
    > > Click OK.

    >
    > > That may not work if some malicious software has disabled the things
    > > that will help you locate and remove it, so...

    >
    > > Perform some scans for malicious software, then fix any remaining
    > > issues:

    >
    > > Download, install, update and do a full scan with these free malware
    > > detection programs:

    >
    > > Malwarebytes (MBAM):  http://malwarebytes.org/
    > > SUPERAntiSpyware: (SAS):  http://www.superantispyware.com/

    >
    > > They can be uninstalled later if desired.

    >
    > That run launched the device mgr..
    > Will the malware detection progs restore the my computer properties??


    What SC Tom says sounds right - if you are clicking a shortcut to My
    Computer instead of the "real" My Computer, and you are talking about
    your desktop. Shortcuts are generally indiated by a little upward
    pointing arrow in the lower left corner indicating they are
    shortcuts. The real My Computer desktop icon has no such arrow.

    Verify My Computer is set to display on your desktop.

    Right click an empty area of the desktop, Properties, Desktop tab,
    Customize Desktop, put a check in the My Computer box, click OK, OK.
    (You can see there are other options here too).

    Now you should see a My Computer icon (or maybe a seconds My Computer
    icon) on your desktop. Use the new one without the upward pointing
    arrow and delete the other one that is the shortcut.

    No harm in running the scans, and I would recommend them!
     
  7. Peter Foldes

    Peter Foldes Flightless Bird

    Willard

    See the following

    http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/win_xp_dm.htm

    --
    Peter

    Please Reply to Newsgroup for the benefit of others
    Requests for assistance by email can not and will not be acknowledged.

    "Willard" <guess@msn.invalid> wrote in message
    news:%23WPcdipqKHA.5116@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    > When I right click on "My Computer"& left click on "Properties" I get a "My
    > Computer Properties" window with only a "General" tab & "Shortcut" tab (no
    > "Hardware" tab)??
    > Is there another way to bring up the Device Manager and a fix for "My Computer
    > Properties"??
     

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