yesterday my computer gave me a popup saying "This application has failed to start because Msctf.dll was not found. Re- installing the application may fix this problem." whenever i tried opening up a program or google chrome. A system restore to a previous version before this started happening had no effect and because no programs will open, running virus software or a regristry mechanic tool could not be done. rebooting my computer just made things worse because I'm not even able to load up windows anymore. after loading up the sign in screen,the same error message pops up, I "x" it out, I sign in, but instead of my regular desktop loading up, im left with a completely black screen along with the previously mentioned popup reappearing. this is the same case when running in safe mode as well. booting from my windows 7 cd and doing a startup repair found no problem.
the worst part is that Its a brand new system, so it would probably be free to call tech support but since I cant get past the sign in page I cant give windows my product Id. any ideas before just completely reformatting my harddrive and reinstalling windows?