some of the controls on this property sheet are disabled…

I saw this error on a Windows XP box recently when I went to change an IP address – the message continued to tell me that another properties dialogue open, and that I should close that. I couldn’t find another dialogue of any kind opened, ro I rebooted teh PC. Same problem. A colleague (thanks Laurie B) knew how to fix it.

Go to Task Manager (CTRL+ALT+DEL will get you there)

Go to the Processes Tab

Sort by CPU – so max CPU is at the top

Look for the svchost.exe process that is using the most CPU

Kill it.


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2 Responses to some of the controls on this property sheet are disabled…

  1. Lee says:

    Instead of killing svchost.exe (which runs many other services, not just the one which is causing the problem), you can stop the windows service “Network Connections”.

  2. TechieXXX says:

    CTRL-SHIFT-ESC takes you there with or without being on a domain (or fast user switching;)

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