I am REALLY hoping you can help solve a problem that my old but very faithful WIN98 OS is expericening.
I think it started when I was doing a registry cleaning via a program that was for WIN98. Maybe the program was a virus(?)
After running it, every single program is now a .lnk file . Everything on my desktop is a .lnk - except MSN and IE
All microsoft office applications, all antivirus programs, all game programs, etc.
I thought of just wiping out the hardrive and using the discs to reformat, but the CD drives must be a program, as the computer cannot activiate them!!! So I cannot wipe the slate clean and restart
When I try to download a program that might help, the program cannot run as it becomes a .lnk ( as when I try to run it the computer asks for what program is to use to run it, populates choices but I dont see anything to run it. - this is the same for all programs.)
I went into Safe Mode and tried to reload the registry but that did not work, neither did the win98 registry repair suceed.
So I am stuck.
How can I get my programs working again?
Again strangely enough, I can use MSN email and IE
Thanks so much!!!!!!!!!!!
This is not my main computer, but the kids do use it a lot and is...well was very reliable
Edited by mrmatt, 02 December 2007 - 06:02 PM.