Solution: Services.msc blank

This particular issue is one which most seasoned techs have dealt with time and time again.  Most of the time, it’s simply the Extended tab which is blank, showing nothing but a strange fractured blue border.  In this case, the traditional solution is actually quite easy:

  • On XP:
    • Start > Run > type cmd and press ENTER
  • On Vista/7:
    • Start > in the Start Search box, type cmd, then right-click Command Prompt and choose Run As Administrator
  • At the Command Prompt window which appears, type regsvr32.exe jscript.dll
  • Still at the Command Prompt, type regsvr32.exe vbscript.dll
  • Reboot. 

That fixes the problem most of the time.  But recently, I encountered an entirely different cause for the problem.

Cutting straight to the chase, a damaged IE9 installation can also be to blame.  Many of the same files involved in IE’s operation are also used to display the contents of this particular MMC snap-in.  The solution normally is to simply repair (uninstall, reinstall) IE9.  Be sure to check your progress after each step to ensure your actions don’t accidentally resurrect the problem however; on yet another machine where I ran into this recently, even reinstalling IE9 caused the problem to recur.

Technically speaking, for security reasons alone, it’s always a good idea to have the latest version of IE installed, because it’s a pretty deeply-seated Windows component (whether or not you actually use Internet Explorer as your browser).  In some rare cases, however, troubleshooting this sort of thing can become too cumbersome to warrant the time involved.  In my case, I eventually simply left IE8 installed, performed all available patches, and then blocked access to the app via the Default Programs dialog.  Not perfect, but problem solved nonetheless!

Solution: AppleSyncNotifier.exe – “CoreFoundation.dll was not found”

AppleSyncNotifier.exe….This application has failed to start because CoreFoundation.dll was not found. Re-installing the application may fix this problem.

This is the frustrating startup message you may encounter if you have iTunes installed and you’re like many, many other unlucky people out there.  The suggested solution on Apple’s website is to reinstall some other related iTunes components (Apple Application Support and Apple Mobile Device Support).  Unfortunately, this hasn’t fixed the issue on any machines I’ve seen.

Instead, the foolproof solution is to uninstall MobileMe.  Odds are you don’t use it anyway, and getting rid of it fixes the years-old problem that Apple still hasn’t resolved.

By the way, while we’re on the subject of terrible Apple software, their Bonjour program/protocol is equally guilty of such problems.  Open up your Application Event Log (Start > Run > type eventvwr.msc and press ENTER) and look around.  See if you aren’t one of the very many afflicted by the errors that Bonjour inexplicably adds to the log. If you are, you’ll have a hard time missing them: there are generally many thousands of them, relentless, back-to-back.

All of this Event Log activity from Apple’s program, by the way, is nothing good for your PC’s performance or reliability.  The Event Log service is not meant to record so many duplicate errors so regularly.

Apple might make great Apple products, but I don’t think I’m alone in saying that their PC software (for one thing) is absolutely nothing special.