Windows 10: control panel options greyed out

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  1. control panel options greyed out


    when trying to use control panel most options are greyed out or do not respond

    :)
     
    teecee1953, Sep 19, 2015
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  2. msaba497 Win User

    Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Display

    When I got to:

    Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Display

    I see the "Change only the text size", but the options below the title are greyed out.
     
    msaba497, Sep 19, 2015
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  3. maddy345 Win User
    Upgraded from Windows 7 Pro to Windows 10 Pro. Cortono sign into microsoft account greyed out

    I upgraded to Windows 10 Pro on a stand alone Dell laptop. I tried to sign into my Microsoft account with Cortona but the option is greyed out.

    I then tried to go to the "sign on with a Microsoft account" in the control panel and that option is greyed out also.

    Whats the deal?
     
    maddy345, Sep 19, 2015
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  4. jds63 Win User

    control panel options greyed out

    Give more information on make and model of PC. When this started, right after an upgrade to Windows 10 ? Can you screen capture the image of Control panel and post it ?
     
    jds63, Sep 19, 2015
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  5. most of control panel just does not respond
     
    teecee1953, Sep 19, 2015
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  6. jds63 Win User
    this is not the control panel though.Has to believe due to Firewall. Not really giving make and model, OS info and CPU and RAM.
     
    jds63, Sep 19, 2015
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  7. sys info op sys were attached with other screen shots

    AMD 4 gb ram win 10 the firewall was accessed thru control panel and shows greyed out buttons but mostly none of buttons even if not greyed out do not respond, just upgraded a week ago from win 7 to win 10, I have scanned with numerous malware and anti virus software, and also cant boot in safe mode
     
    teecee1953, Sep 19, 2015
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  8. jds63 Win User

    control panel options greyed out

    When you first mentioned Control panel items are greyed out, i thought you meant the actual control panel, but you are showing Windows Firewall options. Why is Smart Screen Off ? Not a good idea. As i am not using Windows Firewall, it is hard for me to take a look ,but a bit confused on what exactly trying to do.
     
    jds63, Sep 19, 2015
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  9. as an example the panel shows smart screen off so I go into control panel and it cant be turned on, I want to allow a programme/app to be allowed thru firewall via control panel but when click on change settings nothing happens
     
    teecee1953, Sep 19, 2015
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  10. XweAponX Win User
    Well, for one thing, that does not look like the right control panel for advanced firewall options. That can be accessed by right clicking on the networking icon in your tray, which brings up the Network and Sharing center. From there, you can open Windows Firewall and from inside that, you can access the Advanced Firewall Settings, which can then be used to change firewall rules:


    control panel options greyed out [​IMG]


    That's what it should look like, I have no idea where you are at in your image. I'm using Pro, but it should look identical in Home versions.
     
    XweAponX, Sep 19, 2015
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  11. I go into control panel / system & security /windows firewall

    advanced settings on left panel

    clickon it but nothing happens like nearly 90% of all functions in control panel

    troubleshoot show s working ok but all other s nothing seems to work

    i am using win 10 home as administrator
     
    teecee1953, Sep 19, 2015
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  12. bro67 Win User
    You can go into the Firewall settings without all of those steps. If you are disabling certain items. Yes your Firewall settings are going to become restricted. Especially if you are using a third party utility. The only time that I use the Firewall, is when I am on Public Hotspots.
     
    bro67, Sep 19, 2015
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  13. XweAponX Win User

    control panel options greyed out

    Ah - You must have Norton AV or McAfee installed, those both remove access to the firewall. To find out which AV is taking over, open "Turn Windows Firewall on or off" and it will tell you in big red letters which app has usurped control from you. Then delete the blazes out o f that app, and use Eset NOD32 Antivirus (Not Smart Security) instead, which does not do that.

    OR, you can open whatever AV is doing it, and change the firewall settings from there, except that all of those apps that install 3rd party FWs are very not user friendly. Only the Windows Firewall is.
     
    XweAponX, Sep 21, 2015
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  14. thank you for your help
     
    teecee1953, Apr 4, 2018
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