Please note - this question is related to a different PC to the one that is discussed in a previous question.
I have an HP desktop PC which is about 4 years old. Apart from being a bit slow, it has been running fine until a couple of weeks ago - when it suddenly stopped recognising the majority of programs. When populating the desktop - all the programs come up with blank folder icons, instead of their program related ones. I then get a series of error messages saying the files (those meant to run on start up) can't be opened because windows doesn't know what program was used to create them and they all have an Ink extension, instead of the correct one. I have checked and the programs are still all there on the hard drive, and I have tried to use system restore, but all of the HP tools have suffered the same fate - and have an Ink extension and can't be opened. I also tried to reformat the PC, but the blue HP screen no longer appears on start-up, when you are meant to activitate the reformat command.
Is the PC irrepairable, or can I fix it, or is it worth my while taking it to some to fix?