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Old 09-17-2009, 08:53 PM   #1
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Hi, I'm trying to go to my Add/Remove programs, and I get a parser message, "Value creation failed at line 451"

What gives ? I tried system restore to no avail.

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what happens if you do

start > run > appwiz.cpl

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what happens if you do

start > run > appwiz.cpl

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I'll try it, brb
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Same thing, same parser message
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start > run > "sfc -scannow" without the quotes. note the space between sfc and -scannow

you might need windows media.
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boot in safe mode and then try to access the add/remove programs.
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Hello wyzsard1

Here is more help
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/823768

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start > run > "sfc -scannow" without the quotes. note the space between sfc and -scannow

you might need windows media.
I tried it, and it did it's thing and closed before I got back to check it's progress. Whatever it did worked !

Thank you.
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Thanks to everyone, for taking time to help out.

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Old 09-20-2009, 04:33 PM   #10
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I have XP SP2 upgraded to SP3 via the Windows update process. I found my problem because the latest .NET update will not install. So I was going to remove it and reinstall. When I did it, I found the Parser error noted above. I followed all the various steps in the thread (changed the theme, renamed the SHELLSTYLE.DLL, moved other copies from another PC, copied in files from an old LUNA directory tree, etc.)

When I tried the "sfc -scannow" it ran mostly though it threw about 6-8 errors requiring a SP3 disk (which I didn't have...it was installed from an SP3) so I skipped those...the SFC completed and still I get the message:
Value creation failed " at line 451

Help!! Pretty Please?
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When I tried the "sfc -scannow" it ran mostly though it threw about 6-8 errors requiring a SP3 disk (which I didn't have...it was installed from an SP3)
I meant "...from an SP3 download--and not a disk."

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