Success of sorts!
I used the ERD to access my system files. Not only was my system32/config folder empty, it was corrupt
I renamed the folder, created a new config folder and copied my repair files into it. I was able to restart Windows but it has reverted to the original condition. Fortunately all my important files were backed up.
It's weird, my programs are all listed in the start menu, but I'm not able to run them.
Thank you so much for all your help... I really appreciate it!