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Cannot Open DSA.MSC file error

When I tried to open AD Users and Computer on my Server I got the following error message.

MMC cannot open the file "%SystemRoot%\system32\dsa.msc

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  • VM_HARDIK Dec 02, 2008

    ANY .MSC FILE CAN'T OPEN

  • uniqst3r Dec 25, 2008

    cannot open services.msc all msc files not opening

  • Anonymous Dec 30, 2008

    S sir ... can u tell me whats the reason for this problem .. and kindly send me the solution for this .

    thank & regards,

    Sudheer Raju
    sudheerrajjd@gmail.com

  • itisallen Jan 21, 2009

    I have the same problem after I did a repair install on the server. Adminpak.msi didn't help.

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In my case, the file was already there, and had been working for a long time prior. Making a copy of the file, and calling it something else (dsa2.msc), then pointing my shortcut to that, corrected the issue. Why? I have no idea. This same thing has just happened on a second device also -- surprised there are not more posts about this situation out there.

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MMC cannot open the file "%SystemRoot%\system32\dsa.msc This may be because the file does not exist, is not an MMC console, or was created with a later version of MMC. This may also be because you do not have sufficient access rights to the file.

Run Adminpak.msi to install the missing management consoles.


And use the latest version for the same.....

reply if this works out.
thank You

Posted on Nov 15, 2008

  • 1kewldude Jun 15, 2011

    I was faced with similar issue today, Just open MMC and install the problematic components.

    SIMPLE.........right?

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SOURCE: Cannot Open DSA.MSC file error

When you install the Administration Tools Pack on a computer that is running Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, the Active Directory Users and Computers MMC snap-in file (Dsa.msc) is installed in the %windir%\Syswow64 folder. Additionally, the computer's file system maps the Active Directory Users and Computers MMC snap-in to the following path: DriveLetter:\%windir%\Syswow64\Dsa.mscHowever, the Active Directory Domains and Trust MMC snap-in incorrectly specifies the path of the Active Directory Users and Computers MMC snap-in as follows: DriveLetter:\%windir%\System32\Dsa.mscWhen the computer's file system tries to locate the Dsa.msc file from within the Active Directory Domains and Trust MMC snap-in, Mmc.exe is run. Mmc.exe is run because the Dsa.msc file is associated with Mmc.exe. When Mmc.exe is run, it uses the following path to locate Dsa.msc: DriveLetter:\%windir%\System32\Dsa.msc DomainPathAfter the Mmc.exe command is run, the Active Directory Domains and Trust MMC snap-in tries to locate the Dsa.msc file. Because the Dsa.msc file does not exist in the %windir%\System32 folder, the error message that is mentioned in the "Symptoms" section is generated.

To resolve this problem, manually copy the Dsa.msc file from the %windir%\Syswow64 folder to the %windir%\System32 folder.

Your hardware manufacturer provides technical support and assistance for Microsoft Windows x64 editions. Your hardware manufacturer provides support because a Windows x64 edition was included with your hardware. Your hardware manufacturer might have customized the Windows x64 edition installation with unique components. Unique components might include specific device drivers or might include optional settings to maximize the performance of the hardware. Microsoft will provide reasonable-effort assistance if you need technical help with your Windows x64 edition. However, you might have to contact your manufacturer directly. Your manufacturer is best qualified to support the software that your manufacturer installed on the hardware.

For product information about Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, visit the following Microsoft Web site:

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/64bit/default.mspx (http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/64bit/default.mspx) For product information about Microsoft Windows Server 2003 x64 editions, visit the following Microsoft Web site:http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/64bit/x64/editions.mspx

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