First - thank you scancode for your speedy reply and fix. I had no way of getting you fix easily to the other computer since most things weren't working. I did eventually try using a memory stick.
That was the weirdest thing that I have ever experienced in many years on a computer. lol
Since every exe file was opening in notepad, even when I opened in safe mode, most things would not work. For example, system restore would try the notepad route which of course was useless.
I finally had the idea to open in safe mode and create a new user. This I did and then using this new login, I was able to do a restore. So things are now back to normal I think.
I am still shaking my head.... lol.... never heard of that happening before.
Thanks again Scancode and for everyone who was thinking of a solution.