After a couple of days of the process of elimination I have managed to find the cause (or an effect)- The Plug and Play Service will not run ! (Neither will the Peer Networking service).
Coincidently, my Avast virus scanner will also not run - it complains that the Plug and Play service is not enabled.
If I do manage to enable the Plug and Play service (via a Safe Mode boot) the system will not boot into normal mode.
I have taken the step of running sfc /scannow, but to no avail.
Can anyone please help me with the steps to solve begin solving this problem ?
As a start, can anyone suggest a GOOD boot-time virus scanner on a CD?
Thanks in advance!
Edited by hamluis, 01 March 2011 - 07:47 AM.
Moved from XP forum to Am I Infected.