Missing links, Windows XP

  old sapper 22:37 24 Aug 2006
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Starting my computer last week, I had a message that Windows had recovered from a serious fault.
Since then I cannot open Windows calculator, media player, etc. etc. I am invited to go on line to find an appropriate programme to deal with the missing links. However, when I go on line I am steered to FILExt which gives me a bewildering array of options.
I am hardly PC compatible but it seems to me that the options all involve some cost and I wonder if I have picked up a virus which is designed to rob me.
Is there an easy way out of this problem please.
Old Sapper

  VoG II 22:40 24 Aug 2006

Start > All Programs > Acessories > System Tools > System Tools > system Restore

  old sapper 09:52 25 Aug 2006

Many thanks VoG but when I do this I get a message saying missing link to System Restore!
My PC seems to be completely messed up for some reason but the original message appeared aftre it had been switched off overnight. Any more ideas please?

  VoG II 09:58 25 Aug 2006

OK, try this:

Start, Run, type in

C:\windows\system32\restore\rstrui.exe

and click OK. This should start System Restore.

  johndrew 14:16 25 Aug 2006

Might sound a bit silly, but how are you `invited to go on line to find an appropriate programme to deal with the missing links.`

Have you done full malware scans?

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