I downloaded some windows updates which screwed up my system(thanks Bill). I finally got it going again with some help from a Microsoft CSR, However I didn't realize that my USB ports were down until I went to use my cable modem. I worked around that by finally installing my network card. My scanner does not work and when I went looking for my USB ports they don't exist. I can't find (or more probably don't recoginize) where in the BIOS I need to go to turn the port on. They do not appear in my device manager. Prior to the upates everything worked.
Also everybody take to heart the saying that"Just because you can do something doesn't mean you should" especially with Windows.