I have never had a problem like this before and it just started this morning. It is driving me nuts! About half my programs (all the ones I need to use right now), will launch and then immediately close. My browser will run and I can get Outlook to launch OK; however, Word, Excel, etc. launch, then hang for awhile then start working normally. I ran antivirus (Avast), Spybot S&D and Supersantispyware. They launched and ran fine and none found any errors. Most of my other apps either do nothing when I click the icon or try to run the .exe, or they launch briefly and then close immediately. When I go into the Control Panel, I cannot uninstall anything. I click uninstall and nothing happens. I can uninstall apps through CCleaner. Also in Control panel, the small blue links for shortcuts to functions under a category do not work, but, the large green category names open the control panel category when clicked. I have also run sfc /scannow, Window Repair, System Restore to 5 days ago, etc. Nothing works to solve the issue. I cannot reinstall the programs because, even from the CD/DVD, the setup.exe will either not run or, because some are Flash programs, I get the Flash menu then I click install and nothing launches. Help!!! I am dead in the water right now.