I have been having a few problems with missing files and error messages popping up on one of my PCs at home recently. I was reccomended to repair the installation to put back all the files that had mysteriously vanished from Windows, so I did this by putting in the CD etc etc.
It now seems to be working fine but Windows has gone back to its initial state, where no programs are on the start menu etc. The problem is that all the files are on the hard drive (all programs are in program files etc), but Windows does not recognise them as being installed.
Is there a way to make Windows look through the files on the Hard Drive and re-register them or do whatever it needs to in order to get them all working and showing up in the start menu? I would much rather this than have to reinstall everything.
This would be a lot of settings in the registry,and could be hard to achieve and could lead to problems,you best bet may be to try to repair those you can by clicking them in add/remove,that is if they show in there and have a repair option.Other wise you may be best off just reinstalling again.