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Windows 7: Display Options Missing???

12 Aug 2010   #11


@dzomlija, Corruption could possibly have happened when the system restore was carried out, we just don't know exactly what has been done to the system. Your point re AV is well made and I agree. Re the CPU being overclocked...its one helluva expensive way to buy a toaster!! LOL

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12 Aug 2010   #12

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit

wily: Thanks for the suggestion, unfortunately my driver was successfully rolled back during the system restore and it did not fix the problem.

Don't worry about coming off strong, you're right, it is stupid. But I'll be damned if I'm going to give up a $30 purchase when I've never had a virus problem I couldn't eventually fix. I never use any discs I'm not 100% sure of, but of course you can never be sure of the internet. And btw I overclock my CPU pretty substantially and it works perfectly. :P Anyway, I ran a full AVG scan and it didn't find anything.

Here's a screenshot of my processes. Not all that much there, I think. Citrix is a remote desktop program I use to access programs I need for schoolwork. Catalyst Control Center is from my graphics driver. PnkBstrA.exe is an anti-cheating thing that was installed along with a game. Everything else seems like it should be there, but I'm no expert.

Same with msconfig. Practically everything is from Microsoft, and I can vouch for the few things that aren't.

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12 Aug 2010   #13

XP / Win7 x64 Pro

Nothing sticks out in the processes list. However, the processes list doesn't show what dll's are associated with all the svchost processes. So, it's hard to say whether or not one of those processes is infected.

Personally, this issue sounds a lot more like a corruption during update installation that may just end up requiring a clean install due to its complexity and unknown origin.

One thing I like to do when I do a clean install is only install all of the latest windows updates and drivers and then do a system backup image to an external drive. This way, if a clean install is needed in the future, I simply do a system restore to this image, saving many hours of time as you simply need to install whatever updates have come out since the original clean install and update. Then, rinse and repeat. Do a system restore to that image you created, only download the latest updates, do another system image of this for later use.
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