I have no idea what I did, but I managed to do something to my computer registry that deleted (or disabled) all my exe files. Needless to say, a complete reinstall has been done and I'm up and running again and believe it or not, I didn't lose any pictures, files, or bookmarks. Go figure.
Anyway, I reinstalled the VLC player and I followed Wayhighdudeman's tutorial, but I think I'm missing the part about the audio and naturally, I can't remember what it was. I have searched and searched for it, but can't find it, so I wonder if that step was deleted when the thread was stickied. Is there any way it can be posted again? Many, many thanks!