Hi my mate brought his laptop to me. It would boot into XP (home edition) but was slow and apps would not start. I eventually found that the majority of "Local services" had been disabled, including plug'n'play. I went through the laborious process of resetting them all to the required automatic or manual and then ran AV, spyware and malware scans. the system came up clean. On reboot all the services I had reset had again been disabled. Any ideas on what is doing this and how it can be rectified.
Probably but like so many people he has never backed up and getting his data off the drive will involve me removing his drive and connecting it to another system etc etc. Something I neither have the time or inclination to do, particularly as it is unpaid labour. A "repair" or "Over the top" install is my favourite option but neither he or I have a "Win XP Home edition" CD. Then there is no guarantee what ever is lurking there disabling the services will not survive and continue with it's task.
I ran all of his AV and antispyware/malware plus a few of my own. Event manager is disabled so no help there. Anyway I have managed to transfer all his Data off the drive and done full restore back to factory settings. It has now booted up and all is well. Thanks for assistance offered, it would have been nice to know what caused the problem if only for future reference
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