Did a search for topics on system32 repair, but didn't find what I'm looking for specifically.
I have an HP Pavilion a450y.
It did not come with an XP disk, but has a partitioned hard drive with D: being the Recovery.
Recently I was attacked by a scareware program 'PC-Anti_Virus2010. It locked up my machine and Windows was unable to start after shut down. I hastily did a non-destructive system recovery (not knowing I could do a system restore).
After the recovery, all my files are intact, along with with my programs, but none of the programs open or run. My pc does not recognize the hardware I added on either such as my printer, my audio interface etc. My programs (installed after purchase) do not open or ask for installation discs. For example, I use Cubase and when I try to open it is says that file: SYNSOACC.DLL is missing. I imagine other missing utilities are the reason that my other programs fail to open. Even Windows updates do not install.
I assume this is because my registry was screwed up. Is there a way to fix this and get everything running again without doing a destructive recovery? The only thing that works for me right now is the internet. I even tried to install the driver disc for my audio interface and it won't install. I am guessing that this all has to do with a corrupt system32 folder(?) I have minimal computer knowledge as far as this stuff is concerned.
I hope I included everything.