i was prompted to restart my dell machine running windows xp pro at work this morning by mcafee. when i did so it started up with no task bar/start button. program icons were displayed, and programs would load when icons were clicked on. however i soon noticed that i could not cut and paste in illustrator. i cannot even cut and paste in any program, and cannot drag documents from one location to another.
my network is no longer available either, including internet.
i suspect a bug, but without internet i cannot run programs like spybot. i think something in my registry may have been changed.
short of a reinstall of windows, how can i get my machine back to work?
oh, i also attempted a system restore, but got an error "system restore cannot protect your computer, restart and run system restore again" this message occurs in safe mode and normal mode, no matter how many restarts are performed.