Alright guys, this is going to be long, so sit back and crack open a soda.
Windows 98 SE.
I was always having trouble with my comp. Unable to access files or folders like My Documents, My Computer, Windows Explorer, Control Panel, etc. Whenever I'd try, 9/10 it would go into a horrid system drain so bad that I'd have to switch off the whole surge protector for the computer to shut down.
I have Windows Registry Repair Pro, but I noticed there were a lot of files it wasn't removing, so I downloaded a different registry repair program called Asmw Pc-Optimizer Pro. This removed invalid shortcuts, 'junk' files (many of which hadn't been accessed since '99!) it removed at least 200MB of junk files. I was amazed, the computer actually ran SO much better! As in, it was running almost as if it were brand new, I was so stoked! So I kept going and let it remove empty folders, and invalid/broken .dll files.
Apparently that's where I made my mistake because MAYBE the 'invalid/broken' dll files weren't invalid afterall. The dsl modem lights were on, signalling that I was online, but that's not what the computer decided to do. Oh no, I was NOT online despite the healthy connection.
I did a registry restore up to a week BEFORE but that didn't return my files. After doing the registry restore, at startup, I get the error message, Missing vshinit.vxd. I don't think I even still have McAfee on here, I've been using AVG.
I know I'm missing more because the computer decides I'm not online every once in awhile despite what the modem says. It was so bad that last night I reinstalled windows (without uninstalling) which didn't bring back the missing files. I used System File Checker, there was one file it prompted me to restore but it was something else. Registry Checker claims everything is a-ok. But I'm still missing files!
Also, when I reinstalled windows... guess what else happened? I had to reinstall the DSL modem... but here's the best part. I had to uninstall the TCP/IP connection about 50 times before the modem would come up and FINALLY uninstall that, then reinstall the modem. But that's not the only thing. That's right, the system went back to its refusal to access files and folders again *frustrated sigh* You fix one problem, a previous one comes back.
How do I get the missing files back? Even though I don't know all which ones are missing?
I really would like to try and get my computer running like it was before those files were removed but I don't want to mess it up worse.
Known missing files:
Shell32.dll (I need this to uninstall paperport program, I don't even have that scanner anymore... but this file has been missing since before the registry goof)