Great to hear from you. DOn't concern yourself overly. I can still get my programs through programs. I am pissed about the vanished icons, but ce la vie. I am now much more concerned about the fact that I can't seem to be able to do a system restore. According to my system, (Dell/WindowsXPSP2) there are loads of restoration points. But when I have tried to do this, it says it can't. As I said, maybe I should post this as a separate subject.
Your help and advice is as welcome as always. Thanks for caring. N
Yes, Technotiger, the link worked great. I've bookmarked it and will read it carefully. I assume you don't think I should post my restore problems separately? And do you think I should close this strand? I don't want to waste peoples' time when there are so many other, far more serious, problems to be dealt with.