|So the folder contents show up as they should in safe mode but the folder appears empty in normal mode? Does this happen with all folders?|
Both in safe mode and normal mode, open the folder and then from the toolbar click TOOLS--FOLDER OPTIONS--VIEW. Scroll down to 'hidden files and folders' and then 'hide protected operating system files'. Are the options marked the same in both safe and normal modes? I'm just trying to determine if something is changing the attributes in normal mode.
Can't you unzip the folder association fix from safe mode or another computer and copy it to a disk?
When you did the system restore did you choose a date from before the problem started?
From safe mode do a 'disk cleanup' and delete all the temp and TIF files. Often stuff hides there. When you run virus/malware scans, have it scan all the files at least once.
You indicate other things aren't working in normal mode. You may need to use the EXE file associaton fix too. Usuallly that fix will be an .reg file and you can use the MERGE option to install it--since .exe files won't run and regedit probably won't either.
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