Currently Being ModeratedSep 5, 2011 6:13 PM (in response to MichaelB8603)
So it isn't in your Applications Folder either (that's what you meant when you said not in Finder)? I assume this is an older iMac due to your sig, and that you have used System Prefs before. Did it somehow get put in your trash can? If so, drag it back to the Applications Folder.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 5, 2011 6:18 PM (in response to MichaelB8603)
First, drag the ? mark straight up and off the Dock. It should go, "poof".
Launch System Preferences from your Applications folder.
When it loads you should see a new SP icon in the Dock.
Press and hold down the icon then click Option / Keep In Dock.
If that didn't help, the Dock preferences may be corrupted.
Go to ~/Library/Preferences.
Move the com.apple.dock.plist file from the Preferences folder to the Trash.
Restart your Mac.
Then try launching SP and saving the icon to the Dock.
~ (Tilde) character represents your Home folder
Currently Being ModeratedSep 5, 2011 6:27 PM (in response to Dave B.)
It was a shot in the dark
Maybe try opening from the Apple menu / Recent Items
Worse comes to worse, Michael can reinstall v10.6.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 7, 2011 5:22 PM (in response to Dave B.)
When I click the Apple Icon "System Preferences" shows up.. When I click it though. Nothing happens. I do get the "?" mark over the System Preference Icon on the Dock. One item in Systems Preference that I used previously is "Parental Control". I can find it on the hard drive and I select it and try to launch, but nothing happens, either.
I am afraid that somehow my systems preferences became corrupt, or accidently got dumped to the trash and emptied.
This might mean a OS X reinstall. Which means that I have to backup everything on my hard drive. I do have some third party software that I might not be able to reinstall from my backup.
I appreciate all the help you all have provided. I was hoping that I could find an easy solution. Thanks to all!