xp computer won't run any programs!!

  bigdavey 19:21 26 Mar 2010
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my old windows xp pc won't open any programs. i get that message "which application do you want to use to run this program?"
i need to do system restore, but i get the same message!!
i have tried restarting in safe mode by holding the f8 key, but it just asks do i want to boot on network or c , no safe mode option.
i am at a bit of a loss. all i can say is the sims3 game seems to signal the death knell for my pc!

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 19:31 26 Mar 2010

i have tried restarting in safe mode by holding the f8 key

you need to keep tapping F8 not holding.

  rdave13 19:32 26 Mar 2010

Try this, go to click here and download and save the file in the left column number 12.Double click it and answer yes to the import prompt.

  Ian in Northampton 20:10 26 Mar 2010

This sounds bad. It's the exact same symptoms I had when I downloaded something that turned out to be not what it claimed, but a rogue antivirus program that's actually a virus. I tried everything I know, but in the end was left with no option but to rebuild the PC from scratch. Hang around, see if anyone else knows better - but I'm afraid I fear the worst...

  bigdavey 09:21 28 Mar 2010

sorted

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