Posted 21 June 2006 - 03:08 PM
It doesn’t sound to me as if the laptop or hard drive is "toast" since from your description laptop boots up. It sounds more like it may be a file association problem (actually a file extension association problem).
Navigate to a document file (Word, excel, etc.) using Windows Explorer. Right click on that file and select "Open With …" (or "Open"). If you then select the program that normally would open that file, does the proper software launch?