Shortly after installing Windows 7, my control panel began returning an error upon trying to open it. Now, every time I try to access the control Panel, I get this: "Runtime Error! Program: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\DllHost.exe" I press ok and get "COM Surrogate has stopped working" and it sits there till it prompts me to send problem to M$ Then if I go to Control Panel Again, it works, but if I click "All Control Panel Items", I get a repeat of the issue, but if I click it again, it actually works. In all this, the control Panel Windows never close. The first time, it is blank, so I have to reopen it, but then, everything is there, though I still get the error as outlined above. Weird. I now I am in Control Panel, and it works, but once I close it and reopen it, I am back where I started with the error. Any ideas? I found some information online refering to the COM Surrogate error when viewing folders with videos in them, but I don't have that problem. Some said Nero could be the problem, so I uninstalled my Nero 7, but I believe I put Nero 7 on after the error started occuring. I even used the Nero 7 cleaner to completely remove. My computer: Asus A8n5x AMD X2 3800+ @ 2.45Ghz 4x1GB A-DATA DDR400 RAM Nvidia 8800GT 512MB video Western Digital 640GB (primary) Western Digital 160GB (backups) Got it. It was adobe CS3 causing the problem. Went to C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe\Adobe Version Cue CS3\Server\bin and renamed VersionCueCS3.cpl to something else. What a silly issue!