i had a feeling they wouldn't help, but i was clutching at straws
i ran the sfc/scannow, it says windows resource protection has discovered corrupt files but was unable to fix some of them.
when i type appwiz.cpl, it does appear in the results, but when i click or press enter, a new windows explorer window opens and immediately closes...
i guess it's not really that big a deal, i have an external hard drive i could transfer all my files to and re-format my laptop. i just wanted to know if there was a fix and, if possible, find out what caused the problem in the first place, so i can avoid it in the future.
thanks for the help