Windows XP Start Menu broken

I used a script that re-registered a bunch of DLLs on this computer because it had worked well on several other computers here.  And while it helped some things, it seems to have broken several links and functions on my Start Menu and maybe somewhere else.

The Default Internet (web browser) and Default Email are not working on the menu or anywhere else like in email.  If I click on a link in Outlook Express or Thunderbird, nothing happens.  

The 'Run', 'Search', 'Help and Support', and 'Set Program Access...' links don't work.  All of these cause a dialog to popup that says 'Windows can't put a shortcut here.'  The 'Connect To' link does nothing and it and the 'Administrative Tools' links don't expand like they should to show other menu choices.

I have used the Start Menu Properties to try to change these things and in fact, removed them and added them back and they still didn't work.  I also tried to set the Defaults in the Control Panel under 'Set Program Access...' and the selections wouldn't stick there.
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BillBondoCommented:
Try system restore?
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unknown_routineCommented:
Seem like many things are broken here.  I would suggest to restore your computer to an earlier point.
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsAuthor Commented:
System Restore is not my first choice but more of a 'final option'.
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Darr247Commented:
Did you try the Reset... button on the Advanced tab in Internet Options?
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsAuthor Commented:
I don't understand what that has to do with the Start menu on the desktop.  ??   I have noticed also that my 'context menus' in Windows Explorer is missing a bunch of things that were there before.
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Darr247Commented:
Even though various courts have ruled microsoft had to make windows independent of internet explorer, they haven't really enforced those rulings (european courts fined them for it, but microsoft just paid the fines and ignored the order), so there are many parts of the windows user interface that are still tied to internet explorer, especially in XP.

Here's another one that doesn't seem connected:
The most-common cause of a "check engine" light on a modern vehicle's dashboard?
The gas cap was not tightened enough at the last fill up (or someone has been siphoning gas and didn't bother closing it back up when their can was full).
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsAuthor Commented:
Although I may try that later, before a System Restore, I am looking for some more informative information at this time.  And actually I know about the "Check Engine" light problems that come up because that's the only warning phrase they use for a wide variety of sensors.  Cracked PVC hose will cause that too.
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsAuthor Commented:
I gave up and did a System Restore and that did fix it.  It seems that when SpyBot 2.0 crashed, it took out the Start Menu and some context menu items.  I had to re-install LibreOffice because I had installed a new version after this problem started but it works fine now.  I have to figure out how to do a manual uninstall of SpyBot because one of the uninstall files got lost.
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