Unable to run programs

(I'm not sure if it's just a coincidence) I installed Service Pack 2 a few days ago.  I started my computer today and all of the programs on my desktop, start menu, and in windows explorer no longer have recognizable icons.  More importantly, none of them can be run anymore.  None of the programs I have set up to start up when I first log on start up.  I'm just trying to figure out why this happened and how to fix it.   Much obliged.
XsloviXAsked:
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blue_zeeConnect With a Mentor Commented:

You can't run any .EXE files?

This registry patch fixes the .EXE broken association:

http://filext.com/faq/attachment.php?id=2

Read more:

http://filext.com/faq/article.php?id=016

Zee
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XsloviXAuthor Commented:
Since I cannot run a virus scan because I can't run any programs, I used Symantec's Online Scan; no viruses were found.
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sirbountyCommented:
Hi XsloviX,
before you spend too much time on it - remove SP2.  We're seeing some cases where it works okay, and others where it's causing a multitude of problems...
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