So i decided that it was important for me to join the masses and install Internet Explorer 8. After it required me to restart windows and here is what i got:

Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt.
<windows root>system32ntoskrnl.exe.
Please re-install a copy of the above file.

Thanks Windows. luckily i restarted AGAIN and windows booted normally. Well as normally as it can…/