There's a basic problem now with Access Denied. On boot to the desktop, an InstallWizard box appears with error -5. That usually means "Access is Denied". There are numerous folders on the drive which I should be able to get into with the Admin account but can't due to "Access Denied". I attempted to then do a clean install using the Recovery Partition. Can't do that because a file named "ddo.sc" (script) is Access Denied. I got a recovery DVD from Dell, but a clean install there fails with "Windows cannot continue installing. Windows cannot locate needed files". Dell confirms it's the right install DVD.
So, I'm back to trying to ressurrect Vista Home Prem 32 bit. I attempted to run prep prior to posting. Cannot run GMER because about a minute into the scan, the screen goes "crazy" and it's hung. I believe it's a BSOD based on the color, but I am unable to read any of the messages because the text is so badly disintegrated. I've tried three times with the same results.
Let me start by posting Attach.txt and DDS.txt which did complete and wait for further instructions from the experts. Again, I believe the whole problem with this is Access Denied as whatever got into this thing has modified file and folder attributes all over the place.