The internet explorer flashes, like it automatically closes immediately after it opens, but there are no error messages on the desktop screen.
I still get a gui screen flashing, but it is a smaller screen, it might not be internet explorer any more.
When I tried chrome, after the reset, I still get "The application has failed to start...."
I used my laptop all day yesterday, and forgot to shutdown before I left at noon yesterday. When I started it up this morning, all my .exe files were broken for the same error. I've never done a system restore, don't know how, don't have backups, I think I might be totally hosed.
What do you recommend for backups so I can do a system restore? After I get this fixed I mean.
Okay I had a backup point of 10/9 - it was the only one available, so I took it. Machine is restoring now.
Okay it's still running right now. I am going to plug it in so it won't power down because of battery being low.
It is done restoring and everything seems to be working fine now. Do you have any idea what could have caused this? Is there any way for me to force the system to retake a restore backup point every once in a while? Or does 10/9/2013 being the only restore point seem reasonable?