Well this is a new one to me..
one day, all the programs on my hard drive (less internet explorer) decide to stop functioning.
The face of all icons converted to the unrecognizable format icon
Any time a shortcut or direct icon executable is clicked, a pop-up appears: Windows cannot open this file.... in order to open this file, windows needs to know what program created it....
Gives you the option to search for the program yourself, or use the Web service to find the correct program to open it
Now I've been getting by doing my schoolwork by right clicking word files and "open with: Microsoft Word", listening to music and right clicking a what would be .mp3 file, choosing "open with windows media" (although double-clicking an mp3 as usual yeilds the pop-up)
Note: windows media player opens, but with the internet explorer title bar and window frame around it....
Also my DVD burner and CD ROM will not read anything but previously closed discs
USB devices will work (webcam and digi-cam), i can acess the webcam software indirectly (no by simply clicking the icons)
So my question is, is there something extremely wrong in the registry, critical files to run XP, familiar virus, etc etc?
If all else fails, I'll format my computer and start fresh
.. I just don't want to loose my hard earned music library