Quote: Originally Posted by Hopalong X
Well Black Viper just ruined your day.
This I would agree with. If this is what has caused the problem, you're going to have to either restore all services to their defaults, or start restoring them one at a time (that's assuming you remember which one's you changed) till things return to normal. If that doesn't work then you're pretty much looking at what Hopalong suggested, a repair install.
I also disabled restore points and backup, because it eats system resources.
Sorry to say but this is a myth with little basis in fact. The built in backup won't do anything or use any resources unless a backup schedule has been set up. System restore even more so. Unless you configure it differently a restore point is only made once every 7 days, Restore Points (Windows)
Scheduled restore points
System Restore can be configured to create restore points at regular intervals. Users can also manually create and name a restore point at any time from within the System Restore user interface. These restore points are saved and compressed, and these choices are available to the user through the System Restore user interface. System Restore in Windows 7 creates a scheduled restore point only if no other restore points have been created in the last 7 days. System Restore in Windows Vista creates a checkpoint every 24 hours if no other restore points were created that day. System Restore in Windows XP creates a checkpoint every 24 hours of absolute time.
and will run once every 24 hours to see if a restore point has been created (manually, from installing a program or driver that created a restore point, or the scheduled 7 days), if not then it will shut off again; takes all of about 2 seconds to perform the check according to Task Manager on mine.