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Restoring preference pane functionality System
Some users have noted that access to the preference panels from both the menu bar (under the Display menubar icon) and the Apple menu (Dock -> Dock Preferences) is broken in 10.1. Instead of opening the specific preference panel, they actually do nothing. The same thing may occur in other programs that open system preference panels.

It appears this is caused by the actual preference panels losing their association with the System Preferences application. Although I haven't seen a cause listed anywhere, the cure is relatively easy. Thanks to some anonymous poster on one of the various OS X boards, here's what you need to do to repair them:
  1. In the Finder, navigate to the /System/Library/PreferencePanes folder on your OS X hard drive.

  2. Select any one of the panes and do File -> Show Info (command-I). Then pick the "Open with application" drop down item. If you're having this problem, it will probably read "Not Applicable" as the application to use. This is what we'll fix.

  3. Click on the icon next to Not Applicable and select "Other...". When the file dialog comes up, change "Recommended Applications" to "All Applications". Scroll down and select System Preferences and hit the "Add" button.

  4. You will get a warning box stating "You don't have privileges to change the application for this document only." It goes on to explain that if you make this change, it will affect all documents with the "prefPane" extension. This is exactly what we want to do, so hit "Continue".
That should do it; your preference panels should now be usable from the menubar and Apple menu. I have not experienced this glitch, but the fix has been tested and verified by a number of people already.
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Re: Restoring preference pane functionality
Authored by: aRichboy on Oct 06, '01 01:41:03PM

Yes, this tip does work!

Before fixing this problem, System Preferences would never launch or become active whenever another app or Menu Item asked it to, but now it does. Great!

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no problem with clean install 10.1
Authored by: oeyvind on Oct 06, '01 11:48:17PM

I don't remember having these problem at all as I clean-install my 10.1 update.

Noticed something also, an update copy is a bit slower (maybe less optimize...)-is this real or is just my mind, I'm not sure.

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10.1 Update is Broken
Authored by: framebuffer on Oct 07, '01 07:44:39PM

I dont have this problem.

I had all kinds of problems when I updated to 10.1. Problems such as the one in this tip and others were scattered all over the system. (old versions of applications/etc. not updated, various parts of the system continued to work the pre-10.1 way)

Once I erased and did a clean 10.0 install then updated to 10.1 everything worked great.

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