Since downloading a security update from Microsoft, AND a new copy of Symantec's Internet Security Package (also an upgrade) windows explorer refuses to read my D drive, and I cannot get the new software from Symantec to install. Symantec advise taking out all their products, including Norton Utilities and reinstalling, but I downloaded Norton years ago, and their website only allows you to re-download for one year. So I don't want to uninstall what I very much doubt I can replace. Anyone got any ideas or am I really going to have to bite this bullet? Explorer falls over and I get an error message that says Internet explorer is closing down.
Thanks VoG, I tried this and got"Internet explorer cannot be repaired ... errors version 18.104.22.16826 of file DISPEX.DLL exists but the version needs to be greater than 22.214.171.12415, and similarly SCRRUN.DLL exists but needs to be greater than 126.96.36.19910. So I tried reinstalling IE6. I still get the same error message when I try to access my D drive, explorer falls over, and I get another error message that IE is closing down, and to try rebooting. Which makes no difference.
I strongly suspect the security updates previously downloaded for IE6 are part of the problem, but can't think how to repair Windows explorer without reinstalling everything.
Thanks again VoG, apart from a scarey moment or two the process you suggested has resolved the windows/internet explorer conflict. All I have to do now is resolve the Symantec issue, but that is definitely going to have to wait until tomorrow.
Thanks, woodchip, but when you've already rebooted more than a dozen times, you've overrun the number of copies kept of your originally good registry (usually 5). So this move doesn't work. The software suggested by VoG really did the trick by getting rid of the flawed copy of internet explorer, and allowed windows explorer to work correctly. As a matter of interest, I back up my system files to my d drive, which seemed a good idea before I was unable to access my d drive properly.