i typed the command prompt and pressed enter and got a message saying "File not found- c:\explorer.exe"
then when i try logging on to safe mode (after restarting) i get the same message i was getting before.
so i tried searching through the knowledge base again tonight and found this. i'm not sure if would apply to my computer's problem though. i could try it, but i'd like to somewhat know if it could work first. or i could try extracting explorer.exe from the startup disk (if i can find the bloody thing).
nirvanaqween has helped me quite a bit, so i'd feel guilty asking for more help from her, so if anyone else can help i'd love that.
thank you all in advance for trying. and sorry 'bout the x-posting, but i thought i should post it in all the same places i posted about my original problem.