Add/Remove Programs Icon or Tabs Missing

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SYMPTOMS
When you attempt to add or remove a component in Windows 95/98, you mayexperience one of the following symptoms:
  • The Add/Remove Programs icon is missing in Control Panel.
  • The Windows Setup and Startup Disk tabs are missing in the Add/RemovePrograms tool.
CAUSE
This behavior can occur if the Appwiz.cpl or Setupx.dll file is missing ordamaged.
RESOLUTION
To resolve this behavior, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, point to Find, and then click Files Or Folders.
  2. If the Add/Remove Programs icon is missing, type "appwiz.cpl" (without quotation marks) in the Named box, and then click Find Now.

    If the Windows Setup and Startup Disk tabs are missing, type"setupx.dll" (without quotation marks) in the Named box, and then click Find Now.
  3. In the list of found files, right-click the Appwiz.cpl or Setupx.dllfile, click Rename, type a new name for the file (such as Appwiz.xxx orSetupx.xxx), and then press ENTER.
  4. Quit the Find tool.
  5. Extract a new copy of the Appwiz.cpl or Setupx.dll file from youroriginal Windows 95/98 disks or CD-ROM to the <drive>:\<windows>\systemfolder, where <drive> is the drive on which Windows 95/98 is installed,and <windows> is the folder in which Windows 95/98 is installed.

    If you are using Windows 95, you can extract the Appwiz.cpl orSetupx.dll file from the following locations:

    Appwiz.cpl File:
    - The Win95_10.cab cabinet file on the Windows 95 CD-ROM.
    - The Win95_11.cab cabinet file on the original Windows 95 DMF disks.
    - The Win95_17.cab cabinet file on the original Windows 95 non-DMF disks.
    - The Win95_16.cab cabinet file on the Windows 95 OEM Service Release 2 CD-ROM.

    Setupx.dll File:
    - The Precopy1.cab cabinet file on the Windows 95 CD-ROM.
    - The Precopy2.cab cabinet file on the original Windows 95 DMF disks.
    - The Precopy2.cab cabinet file on the original Windows 95 non-DMF disks.
    - The Precopy2.cab cabinet file on the Windows 95 OEM Service Release 2 CD-ROM.

    For information about using the Extract tool, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    ARTICLE-ID: 129605
    TITLE : How to Extract Original Compressed Windows Files

    If you are using Windows 98, you can extract the Appwiz.cpl or Setupx.dll file using the System File Checker tool. For more information about using the System File Checker tool, please see "System File Checker Tool" section of the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    ARTICLE-ID: 129605
    TITLE : How to Extract Original Compressed Windows Files
  6. Restart your computer.
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Article ID: 195064 - Last Review: 12/05/2015 09:35:07 - Revision: 1.2

Microsoft Windows 98 Standard Edition, Microsoft Windows 95

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