This all started last night. I was watch an old TV show on-line and my web browser, Opera, kept crashing. That hadn't happened before so I rebooted.
When the system came back, none of the icons on the desktop or the quick launch bar had pictures, they were just blank rectangles. Very strange. It gets stranger.
No matter which program I click on, it tells me that it can't find the appropriate application for files with extension .exe. .bat files don't start either.
However, if I click on a file that is associated with a program (.html, .doc, .mp3, etc.) the proper program will launch.
I tried to run "system restore" but that requires an .exe file to run.
I really don't want to have to wipe out my system drive and re-install Windows.