I just got a new laptop, Toshiba Portege R500 with Vista Business operating system about two weeks ago. I was in a hurry to get it up and running so I didn't really look at the task manager until about a week ago, when I noticed that it's fan was constantly running. The reason is that svchost.exe consistently uses about 50% of the CPU, and the processes associated with it are PlugPlay and Dcomlaunch, which it doesn't sound like I should stop even if I could. I tried uninstalling the printer and wireless devices, and it makes no difference. I tried booting in safe mode and the problem is gone, but I'm not sure what to do with that information. I'm not at all a system administrator, so I'm at a loss for what to do next. I did try system restore to the point before I had installed anything except the windows updates that immediately were installed and SP1, but it didn't work for some unknown reason. I've googled this problem and some people suggested disabling the enhancements on the speakers, which I did, but it didn't change anything.
any advice would be much appreciated. My system is Vista Business SP1, 1.33 GHz core 2 Duo, 2 GB RAM, 32 bit operating system.