Problem: Win XP System Properties Not Appearing
There are some programs which can interfere with the core functionality of Windows XP. This article describes one problem having to do with rundll32 and restore.exe
Problem: Windows XP System Properties Not Appearing

Some badly written programs can interfere adversely with fundamental Windows XP operation. The initial symptom was that no dialog box appeared when trying to start System properties, by right-clicking on My Computer and selecting Properties. This dialog box is particularly useful for changing the computer name (hostname) or workgroup membership.

It was found that by terminating the task rundll32 from Task Manager, the dialog box would appear.

Later we found that the program restore.exe under c:\windows was causing the problem.

Its unclear at this time whether the restore.exe is malware or simply badly written software.

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