so, now, to today. got home, i turned on my comp and encountered the same "files won't open, start menu content won't load" problem but when i went to do a system restore using 3 of the 4 restore points from aug. 14, since all the others were gone and those were the only ones left, the problem still existed.
w/ 3 of the 4 not working i was losing hope that the last one would work, so after the third attempt, while in safe mode, i decided to just google the problem but when i went to open firefox i got a xull.dll error message. so i tried out google chrome to see if i could get on the net that way. that worked.
before googling why my files won't open i googled the xull.dll problem first, since that was the freshest frustration in my mind. i googled it and read it was part of some registry issue and that xull.dll error messages usually mean your registry is damaged. this made me think that my "file opening" problem could be a result of a damaged registry and that this xull.dll malfunction was, ironically, fortuitous since it possibly leads me to the overall problem and how i could fix it.
i googled a free registry repair program, found one and DLed it. i did a scan w/ it, used it to fix the errors then i tried to open firefox to see if it was fixed and to use that as a small test, a small indicator, that everything else would be fine. but, no, the xull.dll error popped up again, although this time it said you might want to re-install the program to fix it. i did that; it worked, but my file won't open problem still lingered and i was back to where i started: frustrated and clueless.
at this point, i went to my last hope: my last restore point, but when i clicked system restore it wouldn't open. the box framing the program would open, but it was just a blank white page: no words, no circle to click, no restore points to choose, no content at all.
at this point, i thought, maybe, when i fixed the registry by deleting the registry stuff i might have deleted something that helps the "system restore" program to work. so, i went to the registry program's file restore section and restored the stuff i fixed or deleted, but still the system restore program won't open. so now i'm here.
anybody know what the problem is w/ my system restore program? did my registry fix actually hurt my comp? and more importantly, the initial problem that lead me to all of this: does anybody know why my files won't open and why my start menu content won't load and how i could fix this ?
i have windows XP service pack 3.
Edited by charliekane, 17 August 2010 - 12:11 AM.