Running Win XP Home, SP-3 and, without any warning, suddenly got "The file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Create an association in the folder options panel" error message with almost everything I try to light up from Desktop or the start tower. Not everything, mind you, but more than half of my programs. I've researched until I'm blue in the face -- nothing works. I can use My Computer and do a work-around to get everything, but it's a royal pain having to take that many steps to open a file like My Documents, My Pictures, etc. If this is the wrong forum, I apologize. I have absolutely no clue as to where this query should go.