Had a dllkernel32 error a month ago and was told to do a recovery because it could not get resolved. I have IE9 and Vista using AOL 9.7. After doing the recovery, most of my windows updates disappeared (though I do automatic updates) and my D drive space now has only 1.49 GB free of 12.4 GB. The only thing showing on it is "recovery". I am 71 and have no one I can rely on to explain what I should do. Any help would be much appreciated. Not sure if I am in the correct forum.
By "recovery" do you mean you restored the laptop to factory condition?
It's possible that the restore process saved the contents of the hard disk in the "recovery" directory. Have you opened the recovery directory and looked at it's contents? You can move any files you want to retain (to the new Windows directory) and then delete the recovery directory. That will recover your hard disk space.
The Windows updates are lost because you restored Windows using the factory image. You will need to let Windows reinstall the updates. Which might take many hours and multiple attempts.