Vista Problem, Control Panel and Personalize

One day I started my Microsoft Vista machine and find out that my Aero effect gone. Then I tried to enable it on my Personalize. What happen is that I can’t open it up. Then I tried to start my Control Panel, and the same problem occur: it won’t open up. After several research on Microsoft Knowledgebase I finally found out that there is a “bug” which not yet been fixed.

In order to resolve this problem, you need to get a hotfix from Microsoft as it is not available for download. You can refer to article 936686 (

  • Once you downloaded it, go to Start > Run > type “services.msc”
  • When AUC popup, just click Continue
  • Find SL UI Notification and stop it.
  • Find Software Licensing and stop it (Regardless if there is a message about ReadyBoost)
  • Then start back Software Liensing, then SL UI Notification.
  • Install the downloaded hotfix (Windows6.0-KB929637-v2-x86)
  • Restart your machine

It will resolved the problem. However there is also chances that this won’t fixed the problem, then that case continue reading.


The next method is by resetting Windows Vista Grace Period. Don’t worry, as this is legal process for genuine copy of Vista. Let just skip the type of license in Vista and get straight to the topic. There is a command utility in Vista called slmgr.vbs (Windows Software Licensing Management Tool) To use this tool:

  • Start > Search > cmd – and run as elevated credential
  • Then on the prompt, type “slmgr.vbs -rearm”
  • By doing this you are actually resetting licensing status of the machine
  • Restart your machine and it should be working as per normal


So what actually is the problem? Okay, do you installed Vista SP1? Apart from a good darn -must have- updates, it does have side effect. Not all user will have the problem, and it also depending on the type of SP1 you installing. However the real problem is because of conflict with ReadyBoost, after the rebuild.


Tried the first fix, installed the “fix” and in the services.msc both SL UI and Software Licensing are already stopped and wont let me start them.
The second fix, I get the following message when I type slmgr.vbs -rearm

Script: C:\Windows\system32\slmgr.vbs
Line: 291
Char: 5
Error: Permission denied
Code: 800A0046
Source: Microsoft VBScript runtime

Ive serached and searched and can’t find a way to fix my problem. And its not just the Control Panel and Personalize, but also the games{like freecell) wont start and if I choose to log out of windows and log back in(not just lock the computer, but actually log out) I get a screen saying that I don’t have a genuine copy of vista installed. I then Shutdown and start it as usual and I’m back to square 1.
I know this is not a forum but hopefully you or someone may be able to offer further assistance.


hi Wayne,
just wondering. did you run the slmgr.vbs using elevated credential? and is your copy of vista really is genuine?

Jammin Johnny

Here is all the solutions I found:

Got it… took me a while but got it. There’s not a solution for this in google so I had to play with it.

If you can’t get control panel to open.

1) Launch services.msc from a run command
2) Find the SL UInotify service & stop it
3) Find the Software Licensing service & stop it
4) Restart both services, starting with Software Licensing
5) Give it a try now

If it works go ahead and rule both for automatic run when window starts. I’ts a bug of some sort. Dunno if with Nvidia drivers or something else.

In MSCONFIG/boot.ini tab, there is a setting for allowing GUI boot.
Checking or unchecking this button allows for a nice, Vista-type boot screen
prior to the login, or it allows for the default “green bar” scroll. I had
set it to the Vista boot scenario, then went back to the default, and my
Control Panel, etc., problems “seem” to have gone away.

HOWEVER, I hardly believe this is the fix. Since my problem (and those of
others) are intermittent, it may recur. But so far, so good. maybe that
WAS the fix!!

In any case, I see that there is ANOTHER person who posted on this thread
(GoStu) with the problem. Just think of the many others out there who have
it and don’t report it! Bottom line, although my problem seems to have gone
away for now, I still think it will come back to bite me. Will keep y’all

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