All the programs on the computer (even Internet Explorer) have vanished, so I guess I will have to do a clean install with my HP Windows Vista restore discs. Do I need a product key for those (they didn't come with a key)? If I need one I suppose I'm screwed.
Not only are all the programs missing or inaccessible, but all my files are too. I get the following error messages:
When trying to use IE: Can't open this item, it might have been moved, renamed, or deleted. Do you want to remove this item?
When I click on a file (pic, ms word doc, etc.): Windows cannot find 'C:\Users\Public\Music\lagacy.mp3. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again.
When I try to use Windows Media Center: Windows Media Center has stopped working, Windows is checking for a solution to the problem.
When I click on Google Chrome: Unable to find locale data files, Please reinstall. (Sadly, it won't let me reinstall Chrome, because I can't get any of my three internet browsers to work, and when I click on the exe file for Chrome that was placed in my downloads file years ago, it says "Windows cannot find C:\Users\Public\Downloads\ChromeSetup. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again.").