In Windows Explorer, I checked "Show all hidden files and folders (including system files)
I went to Start Menu / Programs. Sure enough, my microsoft product shortcuts were hidden. I unhid them.
Yet, all the software I have installed on my computer, does not show in Start / Programs.
When I go to control panel and click add/remove programs, all my installed programs are there! I want that same list to appear when I click Start / Programs.
I thought about (a) reinstalling Windows XP Service Pack 3, or (b) reformatting the hard drive and start over.
I cannot use Window Restore because it was disabled months ago.
Note: When I click on My Documents, there all hidden from view. I had to manually unhide all of them. (I thought I may have a virus so I ran Norton full system scan with the latest a/v definitions. No virus found).
What would you recommend I do to solve this problem?