Apparently he has a corrupt registry (which I guess can happen to any of us). I'm awaiting advice from a friend who has infinitely more chance than me of knowing how to fix it. Failing that, Mr Lappy will be on his way to the lovely IT guy for further TLC. Mr L is getting a bit demanding; it's not long ago that the bank's "security software" *issues hollow laugh* gave him such indigestion that he had to be purged for three days.
I'm borrowing a laptop for now, but sadly this may be a picture-free zone until Mr L has received surgery. It may also be a bad spelling zone until I get the hang of a different keyboard.