That thread seems to be irrelevant to me. You didn't install the update KB945432 or use outlook so how can that be the issue?
If i were you i'd use a data recovery tool to extract the pictures to an external device (USB Flash, external HDD) and try them on a different PC.
Testdisk is the best, but not very user friendly.
P.S Never pay for any answers to questions you may have. There's enough excellent websites out there that will help for free. With enough persistence you can solve almost anything all for gratis