I have just found that I can't open Disk Management. Error message says: Disk Management could not start Virtual Disk Service (VDS) on ROY-PC. Remedy suggests Firewall but recommended achieves nothing. It talks of Remote computer as well which is curious as I am just using a desktop and there is no 'remote comp' Unfortunately, Restore has also not been working for some time: says The Volume Shadow Copy service used by Restore is not working. Perhaps it is time to consider a repair of Windows (Vista32) Roy
click here "Disk Management cannot start the Virtual Disk Service.
Cause: If a remote computer does not support the Virtual Disk Service (VDS) or if a connection to the remote computer cannot be established because it is blocked by Windows Firewall, you may receive this error.
Solution: If the remote computer supports VDS, you can configure Windows Firewall to allow VDS connections. If the remote computer does not support VDS, you can use Remote Desktop Connection to connect to it and then run Disk Management directly on the remote computer.
To manage disks on remote computers that do support VDS, you must configure the Windows Firewall on both the local computer (where you are running Disk Management) and the remote computer. On the local computer, configure Windows Firewall to enable the Remote Volume Exception."
I suggest you rightclick My Computer > Properties > and take the tick OUT of 'Remote Desktop' (Allow user to connect remotely to this computer) click on Apply and OK so that there is no remote computer.
My concern has been with the Disk Management however I found today that what you suggested lat night had got my System Restore working again so a big thank you for that. However and also in spite of trying lotvic's suggestion I still can't open Disk Management. lotvic, I had found the explanation you posted but I do not understand the reference to a Remote Computer. I am afraid that unticking Remote assistance has not cured it. Roy