Whilst trying to fix another issue with SQL Server I came across this roadblock.
When I opened SQL Server 2008 R2 – SQL Server Configuration Manager, the right hand pane had the following error “The server threw an exception. [0x80010105]”.
After some research I found Qiao Weilin’s answer on MSDN.
The answer was quite simple. Restart the “Windows Management Instrumentation” service.
Start -> Run -> “Services.msc”, scroll down to “Windows Management Instrumentation”, right-click and “Restart”.
Now you’ll have to close and re-open the SQL Server Configuration Manager, and you should now see a full list of SQL Server Services.