There is one other thing that got my time in the past week. One error, and a very consistent one.
"c:\windows\system32\msvcr100.dll is either not designed to run on Windows or it contains an error"
The proposed solution is to reinstall the application.
That means I have to reinstall Visual Studio 2010.
That means reinstalling Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3.
Etc., etc., etc.
The funny thing that I did is to search out a possible solution to this problem, and what I found in the web is to simply download the dll file with the same name, which I did, msvcr100.dll, from a page in the world wide web who knows where, but I completely trusted without a question or doubt, then tried to copy it to the folder as instructed.
As it turned out, what was offered is for 32-bit OS, and since I'm running 64-bit, the file was not recognized.
Then I realized, it could be loaded with virus!
My, my. I simply swallowed the hook, line and sinker.
I paused a bit, then some more, and as I regained my composure and my wits returned to their proper places, I went to msdn, and searched for ways to fix MSVCR100.DLL error.
I found the solution on reinstalling the MS Visual C++ redistributable package, and I downloaded the exe file, ran it, and voila! That solved my problem!
Which file was that again? vcredist_x86.exe.
I actually wasted a lot of time following the 'try reinstalling' proposal, which I did a number of times, and if you know how long it takes for the installation to run, you would know how long I kept my laptop up, and myself...
What actually got me into this broil?
I was applying the VS2010 SP1 patch - and if you know this - it takes forever to install! The patch was in the middle of installation, and with my laptop set to shutdown automatically at 2am, that's where my problem began. The auto shutdown kicked in before the SP1 patch completed.
I was actually leaning away from solutions provided by MS, but the things happening lately, it is changing my mind. I guess for the better.
Too much politics, I guess.