My concern is one of the most recent MS updates caused the problem. I can execute the command prompt in SAFE MODE, so I don’t think the system is corrupt. If I do a refresh, I suspect that same “feature” will still be there. Also, enough of the system is working that I don’t want to risk a full refresh that might put the rest of the system at risk.

When this type of thing has happened in the past, MS has issued an ‘out of band’ fix the users with problems applied to fix the problem. I suspect an update screwed up the permissions for users on c:\windows\systemxxx as has happened in the past. I’m looking for that ‘rifle shot’ fix rather than apply the ‘shotgun’ immediately.

Thanks for the suggestion.

Take care, stay well,