Replacing Missing Control Panel Icons

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SYMPTOMS

Some of the default Microsoft Windows NT Control Panel icons may be missing.

CAUSE

This problem can occur when the *.cpl file that displays the icon either becomes corrupt or is deleted by accident.

RESOLUTION

Copy or expand the *.cpl files from the original installation location, such as the Windows NT CD-ROM.

Windows NT 3.51

Copy the *.cpl file from the Microsoft Windows NT 3.51 CD to the %SystemRoot%\System32 directory.

Windows NT 4.0

Expand the *.cpl file from the Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 CD. The following example demonstrates how to expand the file Access.cpl from the Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 CD into the C:\Winnt\System32 directory:
expand d:\i386\access.cp_ c:\winnt\system32\access.cpl
For additional information about how to manually open the Control Panel folders, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
180025 How to Open Control Panel Folders from the Command Prompt
Type the following line at a command prompt to reregister the icons:
rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_FillCache_RunDLL
NOTE: This line is case sensitive. Type it exactly as shown.

MORE INFORMATION

The following table lists the most common Microsoft Windows NT Control Panel icons and the accompanying *.cpl files:

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IconFile name
Accessibility OptionsAccess.cpl
Add/Remove ProgramsAppwiz.cpl
MSDOS ConsoleConsole.cpl
Date/TimeTimedate
DisplayDesk.cpl
Find FastFindfast.cpl
FontsMain.cpl
GSNWNwc.cpl
Intel Pro SetProset.cpl
InternetInetcpl.cpl
KEYBOARDMain.cpl
LicensingLiccpa.cpl
MacfileSfmmgr.cpl
Mail and FaxMlcfg32.Cpl
ModemsModem.cpl
MouseMain.cpl
MultimediaMmsys.cpl
NetworkNcpa.cpl
ODBC32Odbccp32.cpl
PCCardDevapps.cpl
PortsPorts.cpl
PrintersMain.cpl
Regional SettingsIntl.cpl
SCSI AdaptersDevapps.cpl
ServerSrvmgr.cpl
SoundsMmsys.cpl
SystemSysdm.cpl
Tape DevicesDevapps.cpl
TelephonyTelephon.cpl
UPSUps.cpl

NOTE: The Srvmgr.cpl file is also responsible for the Services and Devices icon in Control Panel.

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Article ID: 173132 - Last Review: October 31, 2006 - Revision: 1.1
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 3.51
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Developer Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 3.51
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition
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