"Open With" menu empty!

I am currently running XP. Yesterday, the "open with..." option in the right-click context menu ceased to function. I tried rebooting, thinking that it was just a temporary problem, but that didn't work. I used to have many programs in the list to choose from, but now there is not list at all - the sub menu just reads "open with," and selecting that does not bring up the expected dialog where I can select from a list of apps - and sometimes there isn't even a submenu. Also, it seems that some file associations have been lost. Please help!
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jman1980Commented:
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_abc.htm take a look here, select O, scroll down to open with.
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Crash2100Commented:
Have you tried running check disk, System File Checker (SFC), and a virusscan?

      chkdsk c: /r

      SFC /SCANNOW

      Description of the Windows System File Checker Tool
      http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;310747
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DTOXXAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the suggestions. The problem has been solved!
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