Originally Posted by Emissary of Pain
I booted into safe mode ... changed my network settings back to auto-obtain and the workgroup back to normal and the problem still persists
Can you not get network access when booting to Safe Mode with networking?
If you can and do get network access
Then download http://www.magiciso.com/setup_magicdisc.exe
then windows 7 x64 iso
from digital river
Mount the iso with Magic Disc to create a virtual DVD drive.
The in the start menu type System repair disk
Click Create a system repair disc
then point it to the magic disc windows 7 mounted dvd
Or you could even just use the windows 7 USB tool to create a bootable windows 7 installer and use the system repair option when you boot the USB
The repair disc and the "repair your computer" section are the same thing. So either should work