My Windows Feature List under the Control Panel for Turning Windows Features on and off does not fill with a list of features. I just get a message: "Please wait."
I have tried a couple of solutions I found online:
One suggestion was to try the stand-alone Update Installer/System Update Readiness Tool. (Windows6.0-KB947821-v34-x86.msu)
I downloaded it for Vista 32 bit and ran it. It took about 20 minutes and installed successfully. I rebooted. This did not fix the problem. My Windows Features window is still empty and shows "Please wait."
There was also a possible solution involving this Installer. It creates a log file. Supposedly, if you go into the log file you can see errors that could not be fixed. You are supposed to be able to fix those in the Registry. I checked the log file for unfixed issues. I did not have any errors under the "Package Manifests and catalogs" section or any other section.
I recently ran a full Disk Check on my hard drive. I ran SFC/SCANNOW successfully. I still have the empty window with no list of features.
I can see the exe: C:\Windows\System32\OptionalFeatures.exe But, it just doesn’t seem to want to run.