The last thing I remember doing was loading a cumulative patch for IE 6, SP 1. When the download/install was nearly complete, I checked IE 6 and saw that I already had this patch. I figured I'd let it complete and just overwrite what I had.
When I rebooted, Windows wouldn't load. I saw the splash screen and ScanDisk and the virus checker doing its thing, but when the initial desktop image appeared, I saw this error message:
Error loading explorer.exe. You must reinstall Windows.
Error starting program
C:\windows\system\SHLWAPI.DLL not found
The same error message appears when I try to get into Safe Mode.
Using the Step-by-Step Confirmation procedure, when I get to wscan.vxd and enter Y, I soon see the same error message.
Inserting the Windows 98 CD before re-booting does nothing.
Needless to say, I haven't backed anything up.
I really don't want to format the disk. I have a lot of very important information on my C drive.
Is there anything I can do?