How “Microsoft Fix it” Resolves Inability To Open User Accounts Item in Control Panel on Windows XP

April 25, 2009 | By | Reply More

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At some point during my daily routinary PC usage habit, I have had once a problem accessing the User Accounts on my Windows XP-based computer. Even though I was the administrator and I was the one who setup the login password, it just amazed me how it happen. Although, I have tried so many times by all means just to access the User Accounts in Control Panel (in which I’ve also tried going through System Properties, clicked on Advanced, went to User Profiles and press on Settings) but it just didn’t work.

I’ve been to so many forums but what I got are half-baked pointless unhelpful answers pretending to be geeks. (just because they mentioned tweaking procedures to go through the msconfig> run> etc. process doesn’t necessarily make them geeks unless they truly resolved the issue)

As I have always mentioned, I don’t like complicted procedures as much as anybody does. And if these complicated steps aren’t going to help  in any way, why not do the easier and sure fire way? Makes sense, right?

Now, here’s the solution. There are only two ways to resolve this:

First, If you are unable to open User Accounts item in Windows XP Control Panel, the first thing you’ll get is this error message:

“Wrong number of arguments or invalid property assignment”


Use the regsvr32 command to register the .dll files. To do this, follow these steps:

Click Start, click Run, type cmd, and then click OK.

At the command prompt, type the following commands, press ENTER after each command, and then click OK when a message says that the registration is successful:

Regsvr32 jscript.dll

Regsvr32 nusrmgr.cpl

Regsvr32 /i mshtml.dll

Regsvr32 themeui.dll

Regsvr32 Vbscript.dll

If the above solution does not work in anyway, don’t settle and make your life miserable. There’s always a solution to every problem. What is it then?

Second option is to download Microsoft Fix it which you can download from Microsoft Help and Support. Once downloaded, click Run in the File Download dialog box, and follow the steps in the wizard.

Simple right? Why am I saying this? I’ve learned from experience and nobody teaches well than first hand experience compared to by the book summons and explanations and pointless rants that some blogs do.

Obviously, the latter option worked for me although I’ve also tried the former. I just downloaded Microsoft Fix it and it made wonders.

Why would Microsoft think of putting this automatic fix solution if this is such a crap?(like some blogs say) They(Microsoft) didn’t build this autofix for nothing if it doesn’t serve its purpose. I won’t put up this blog either if this doesn’t serve its use. I’m not advocating Microsoft in any way. I was just stating a fact. They have their lapses too like anybody else.

If you don’t want to download Microsft Fix it, fine. If you don’t want to run the tweaks, it’s okay as well.

What’s the use of System Restore anyway? You can just restore the system to it’s state at some point back in time when you had access to your Windows XP User Accounts.

If you have encountered the same ordeal but was able to rectify the problem in a completely different way other than the ones mentioned on this post, feel free to share it with everyone through the comments section.


The solution discussed above applies to:

  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

Cause: Unregistered .dll files like the ones mentioned above. These .dll files can be deregistered due to scraping done by registry cleaners. (The effect of scraped registry entries can cause significant changes to the Windows registry that is why it is recommended not to overuse or at least use registry cleaners with caution.)

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