How did I sort Puppy? I don't understand.... It worked after 3rd try using the same first disk I burned. Don't know why it wouldn't before.
That was what I meant, new burn, apparently faulty read on otpical drive (DVD/CD drive) etc.
There are NOW two ways to proceed, if you had a full backup of everything, as a complete image of the hard drive OR the recovery disks that it was advisable to create we could have used a combination of the two and those together with your regular day to day backup of your personal data, would have resulted in returning to how it was before this error.
However, that of course is for your future reference it does not help now.
1. We may proceed using the cmd console in an attempt to repair the problem. This of course cannot be guaranteed.
and may take sometime. (PLEASE NOTE - I do not mind how long)
2. In view of the fact that you say you have your data and your installation media for the programs we can return the computer to factory condition.
NOTE PLEASE - exactly what it says, as it was when sold.
Therefore you will have updates and SP2 for Vista to install and possibly driver issues to sort out, but of course I will assist.
If we proceed with 1. above then, if that was successful, I would be recommending your post in our Malware forum, due to the comment on your third post
You did mention system restore points and your creation of them
This computer recently had a redirect virus that I was working on resolving when all this happened. I followed geekstogo steps to debug it and it seemed to be helping. Like I said, the last 2 things I did were update Windows and IE 9.
Unless system restore is turned off OR there is another reason why it cannot be accessed, it does not matter whether you created one or not, as Windows creates one, when programs are removed or installed , drivers are changed, etc. Updates are installed, or indeed, if none of those occur it still creates one every so often.
Before I provide further instructions and in order not to confuse you, would you please review the above and decide which way you wish to proceed.