Why does my PC no longer recognize the wireless system?

Question

I recently ran "Fix-it Utilities 5" on my computer, while it cleared up some problems, I think I could have done something to the registry when it asked if I wanted certain items deleted. I currently have this PC hooked up to a "Motorola Wireless - 802.11". It now no longer recognizes this wireless system. When I open 'control panel' and click on the wireless icon I get the following messge:"An error occured while Windows was working with the Control Panel file C:\Windows\System\BCMWLCPL.CPL". Unfortunately I'm not real computer literate. My daughter uses this PC mainly for net surfing and IM. Help please!

Gary

Answer

This question was answered on May 8, 2005. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

BCMWLCPL.CPL is the Control Panel extension (applet) for the Wireless device.

You may need to remove and reinstall the device itself.

However, if it is just a registry entry that was deleted…you can restore a recent registry, if it has not been longer than 4 days, by going to Start > Shutdown > restart in MS-DOS mode At the c:\windows prompt enter:

scanreg /restore

select a started registry prior to the problem Ensure the registries offered are not very old or you will make the problem worse.

This will restore ALL the registry entries deleted by Fix-it Another alternative is to restore from any backups created by the Fix-it utility.

A better alternative is to use System Restore.

Reference: www.helponthe.net

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Posted by Ian of Chandler-Gilbert Community College on May 8, 2005