Hi everyone and thanks for the suggestions. I had a read and tried most of these now. I read the tutorial on using SFC.EXE to fix system files and that was good until I got to the bit where it ironically says to create a system restore point
However in that article I noticed this in usasma's post... "or you can look to see if your system has a repair or a non-destructive recovery option. This option will leave your programs and data intact while replacing all of the Windows files " I saw a folder in my windows directory named "repair" and my interest is piqued. http://bertk.mvps.org/html/error.html
<-------- was really great and almost worked however my pc is demanding my sp2 CD which I dont have, I think I can get my hands on one though.
I downloaded the "restore system restore reg" file from Kellys-Korner and imported it into the registry but it didn't change anything. After all these different avenues I suspect that the actual program is fine and it is just the shortcut gone bad ( which makes sense because I fooled around with it in a panic ). So I've gone and went back to the shortcut for my systemrestore and removed the .exe file ending from the name and clicked on it. I get a familiar window opening asking me to choose a program to open the file or I can browse for one, which makes me think I just have to find the right thing to open it with ? Does any of this make any sense anyone ? Again thanks everyone for all the suggestions, if anything I'm sure learning a lot about my pc