I tried opening Word, Excel, Settings and the Control Panel today. On each attempt, I got "SIde-by-side configuration incorrect." I tried downloading VC_redist.x64.exe and running it, but got the same error. I can't get to the Control Panel to uninstall anything.
I also tried running sfc /scannow but it came back with something like "problems but can't fix anything"
I ran sxstrace.exe but can't interpret the results, except that dlls and manifests don't seem to be found for anything it checked.
I haven't recently downloaded/installed anything
VIsual Basic is not nor has ever been installed on this laptop.
What else can I try?