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"MMC cannot open the file c:\windows\system32\services.msc"
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Monday, 24 January 2011 16:29

Problem/Rant

No thanks to Microsoft I thought my Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard with Service Pack 2 was infested with a virus/malware. It actually turned out to be an easy fix. The file services.msc was corrupt which resulted in the error, "MMC cannot open the file c:\windows\system32\services.msc".

 

Other Solutions

While I was scouring the Internet for a solution I compiled the list below. None of the solutions helped me because my issue was a completely different one. Hopefully the following solutions I found can help someone. 

 

Work Around

Nevertheless, I was still able to access the Services by going to Start > Run > type, "compmgmt.msc". This allows you to view the Services using a different snap-in.

compmgmt.jpg


services.jpg

 

My Solution

Luckily I had access to the actual services.msc from another server. This proved to be a corruption that was remedied by replacing the file with another one that was intact.

  1. Upload the services.msc file to an FTP server to store the file.
  2. Download the file onto the affected server.
  3. Navigate to, "C:\WINDOWS\system32".
  4. Replace the file with the good one from the FTP.

    replace.jpg

  5. Double-click the services.msc file to ensure that the issue is fixed.
  6. Double-check by going to Start > Run > type, "services.msc".
  7. Yay!
 

Comments  

 
0 # RE: "MMC cannot open the file c:\windows\syst em32\services.msc"Stuart 2013-06-15 13:23
Thanks for this fix, I've been tearing (what's left of) my hair out wondering how to turn the Printer Spooler on... everything failed.

Nice work!
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0 # RE: RE: "MMC cannot open the file c:\windows\syst em32\services.msc"Nam Nguyen 2013-06-15 15:49
Glad I could help! :lol:
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0 # RE: RE: RE: "MMC cannot open the file c:\windows\syst em32\services.msc"RAKESH 2013-08-07 04:27
plese help
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+1 # RE: RE: RE: RE: "MMC cannot open the file c:\windows\syst em32\services.msc"Nam Nguyen 2013-08-07 05:48
Rakesh, could you please describe your issues in detail if the solution described in this article did not help?
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