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Microsoft KB Archive/254954

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Article ID: 254954

Article Last Modified on 12/21/2004



APPLIES TO

  • Microsoft BackOffice Small Business Server 4.0
  • Microsoft BackOffice Small Business Server 4.0a
  • Microsoft BackOffice Small Business Server 4.5
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Developer Edition
  • Microsoft Windows 98 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows 95



This article was previously published under Q254954

IMPORTANT: This article contains information about modifying the registry. Before you modify the registry, make sure to back it up and make sure that you understand how to restore the registry if a problem occurs. For information about how to back up, restore, and edit the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

256986 Description of the Microsoft Windows Registry


SYMPTOMS

You may be unable to start the Modems tool in Control Panel. When you double-click the Modems icon, your mouse pointer may change to an hourglass shortly and then disappear. The Modem Properties dialog box does not open and no error messages appear on the screen or in Event Viewer.

The same behavior occurs if you double-click the Telephony icon in Control Panel, click Telephony Drivers, click Unimodem Service Provider, and then click Configure.

In addition, you cannot open the Modem Properties dialog box using the following commands:

control modem.cpl
rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL modem.cpl


NOTE: The second command is case sensitive. Type it exactly as it is shown.

CAUSE

This behavior can occur in Windows NT and Small Business Server because of any of the following reasons:

  • The %SystemRoot%\System32\Modem.cpl file is missing or damaged.
  • The %SystemRoot%\System32\Modem.cpl file has incorrect permissions.
  • The following registry key is missing or damaged:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class\{4D36E96D-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}

This behavior can also occur for Windows 95 and Windows 98 if the %Windir%\System\Modem.cpl file or the %Windir%\System\Tapi.dll file is missing or damaged.

RESOLUTION

To resolve this issue, use the appropriate method.

Missing or Damaged %SystemRoot%\System32\Modem.cpl File

If the %SystemRoot%\System32\Modem.cpl file is missing or damaged, expand the Modem.cpl file from the Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 CD-ROM. For example, to expand the Modem.cpl file from the Windows NT 4.0 CD-ROM into the C:\Winnt\System32 folder, type the following command:

expand d:\i386\modem.cp_ c:\winnt\system32\modem.cpl


Missing or Damaged %Windir%\System\Modem.cpl or %Windir%\System\Tapi.dll File

If the %Windir%\System\Modem.cpl or %Windir%\System\Tapi.dll file is missing or damaged, extract a new copy of Modem.cpl and Tapi.dll per the following methods:

Method 1

For Windows 95, use the EXTRACT command per Knowledge Base article Q129605 to extract these files to your %Windir%\System directory. To view this article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base click the article number below:

129605 How to Extract Original Compressed Windows Files



You can extract the Modem.cpl file from one of the following locations:

  • The Win95_07.cab file on the Windows 95 retail CD-ROM.
  • The Win95_11.cab file on the Windows 95 original equipment manufacturer Service Release 2 (OSR2) CD-ROM.

You can extract theTapi.dll file from one of the following locations:

  • The Win95_11.cab file on the Windows 95 retail CD-ROM.
  • The Win95_17.cab file on the Windows 95 OSR2 CD-ROM.

Method 2

For Windows 98, use the System File Check utility to extract these files per Knowledge Base article Q129605. To view this article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base click the article number below:

129605 How to Extract Original Compressed Windows Files


Incorrect Permissions for the %SystemRoot%\System32\Modem.cpl File

If the %SystemRoot%\System32\Modem.cpl file has incorrect permissions, change the file permissions to the following information:

Names Type of Access
Administrator Full Control
Everyone Read
Server Operators Change
SYSTEM Full Control



Damaged or missing Registry Key

Use the steps below if the following registry key is damaged or missing:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class\{4D36E96D-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}


NOTE: The following steps describe how to re-create the entire key if it has been deleted. If the key exists, verify that the values defined for it are correct.

WARNING: If you use Registry Editor incorrectly, you may cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that you can solve problems that result from using Registry Editor incorrectly. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.

  1. Start Registry Editor (Regedt32.exe).
  2. Locate the following registry key:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class

  3. On the Edit menu, click Add Key, and then add the following registry key (including the braces):

    Key Name: {4D36E96D-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}

  4. Click OK.
  5. Click the newly added key. On the Edit menu, click Add Value, and then add the following registry value:

    Value Name: Installer32
    Data Type: REG_SZ
    String: Modem.Cpl,ClassInstall32

  6. Repeat step 5 to add the following registry values:

    Value Name: Icon
    Data Type: REG_SZ
    String: 0

    Value Name: Default Service
    Data Type: REG_SZ
    String: Modem

    Value Name: Class
    Data Type: REG_SZ
    String: Modem

    Value Name: <No Name>
    Data Type: REG_SZ
    String: Modem

  7. Quit Registry Editor.


REFERENCES

For additional information, click the article numbers below to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

241630 SBS: Error Message: Modem Sharing Trap


173132 Replacing Missing Control Panel Icons


148781 Modem Properties Not Available in Modems Tool


192806 How to Run Control Panel Tools by Typing a Command



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