I'm running windows vista home premium. I just recently updated firefox to a newer version then noticed that some firefox extensions did not work with the new version. So i figured i'd uninstall these extensions that didn't work. The first one i uninstalled, HP smart web printing, ended up taking things with it. So now i'm missing everything in my "all programs" in the start menu, some desktop icons, all my bookmarks and who knows what else.
I've attempted restoring to a previous restore point, some restorations have failed and some made no changes at all.
I resolved my issue by reinstalling the OS from the recovery drive. I lost some data but nothing not easy to replace. I would have recreated the shortcuts but out of the 40-60 things on my all programs list i would have never got them all. Plus i was unsure of what else i did that i just hadn't discovered yet. Besides i figured a clean OS install was overdue.
and yes lazyperson17 i have "tried restarting my computer", guess what? It didn't help. That's why i post my question here.