Posted 11 July 2008 - 07:56 AM
Usasma - thanks for the response
Running with UAC off ...I know I know I shouldnt but its such a a pain.
Spybot running OK, but somewhere I do think it is a permission issue
I seem to have regained some stability - though I dont know if I am fixed
Something I maybe should have mentioned -sorry- I had been running with selective startup (trying to get rid of un-needed progs/services)
What I did since I posted ..
Started to selectively disabled progs in startup (msconfig) Spybot, SuperAntivirus, AVG
On startup get the sys config box popping to say I had changed something , OK this and continue
Sometimes the system would be alright and I could launch apps (sometimes it would hang , but poweroff/start safe/ reboot got things fixed) - but it still got hung up on Un/Install of a prog
Then I unchecked ZoneAlarm (though i think on reflectiion anything would have been any prog ) and then thought it wasnt going to be that so checked it again. On exit APPLY wasnt grey'd as i had changed something ,,, but i clicked OK instead of cancel
Anyway on next restart I got the normal System Config Util box - clicked OK ...system hung ! Nothing will launch
This may be a coincidence or may be the straw that did for the camel but I now have a useless system that I cant even look at
Cycled through Switch off/Start Safe/Restart a couple of times but always with the same result - configuration has changed, OK, Hung !
Decided to go back to Normal Startup
This worked - though I did get all the redundant stuff starting. Spybot did its stuff requesting confirms for all the 'now new' stuff - CCleaner having "tidyd up"
Rebooted agian to get a "clean" start - could launch apps and un/install things
- I now use Spybot to not allow things to start and all seems well
Bottom line - dont know what I did to break it - probably got something out of step, and as I say it may not be fixed but for now it is stable
Plan to leave well alone until I have sometime and then -rip out all the junk and un-reinstall the bits I need/want ...and hopefully end up with a cleaner setup. Guess this would have been a better PlanA
If anything else comes to light I will append.
Thanks again for your time