Can't open Account Preferences...please HELP!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Jmacp2112, May 8, 2010.

  1. Jmacp2112 macrumors newbie

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    When I go to open the Account Preferences pane in the System Preferences folder, I get this message: "Preferences Error: Could not load Accounts preference pane."

    Does anybody have any suggestions on possible solutions to my problem?? Any and all help/advice is appreciated! Thanks

    Jmacp2112
     
  2. Jmacp2112 thread starter macrumors newbie

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  3. calderone macrumors 68040

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    Have you changed anything lately?

    What version of OS X?
     
  4. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    "Preferences Error: Could not load Accounts preference pane."

    Try this (no absolute promise that it will work):
    - Go to your home folder
    - Open the "Preferences" folder
    - Look for a ".plis" file named "com.apple.systempreferences.plist"
    - Drag it to the desktop
    - Reboot
    - Try accessing your preferences again. Any better?

    If it works, just trash the file you moved to the desktop. In all likelihood, it got corrupted and prevented System Prefs from loading properly. The system created a new, "clean" .plist when it found the old one "gone".
     
  5. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    In that procedure, I don't think you need to reboot. Just open System Preferences. The goal is to create a new plist file. That will do it.
     
  6. princessromero macrumors newbie

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    Thank you, thank you, thank you! After reviewing a ton of information and trying everything this is the solution that FINALLY worked and was actually the easiest out of all of them. I got my pictures back and my Mac is working the way it should again!
     
  7. Hansonny macrumors newbie

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    --- Post Merged, Sep 19, 2017 ---
    I'm having a similar problem. I followed these steps, searched for the .pilst file
    And com.apple.systempreferences.pilst
    Does not come up
     
  8. CoastalOR macrumors 68000

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    It is not "pilst" it is "plist".
     

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