1) Error message on boot: "Failed to connect to a windows service
Windows could not connect to the System Event Notification Service service. This problem prevents standard users from logging on to the system. As an administrative user, you can review the System Event Log for details about why the service didn't respond."
2) Windows 7 Aero desktop is disabled.
3) Graphics card (nVidia) control panel inaccessible.
4) Edit: Arcsoft TotalMedia Theatre is unable to play DVD's but able to play HDCP Blu-Ray
Machine is a Dell XPS730X running Windows 7 with Microsoft Security Essentials. All security patches have been applied except for those where MVP Susan Bradley has recommended a hold.
Errors in the System Event Log
The Creative Audio Service service hung on starting.
The Adobe SwitchBoard service failed to start due to the following error:
The service did not respond to the start or control request in a timely fashion.
A timeout was reached (30000 milliseconds) while waiting for the Adobe SwitchBoard service to connect.
The Power Control [2010/02/13 15:47:10] service failed to start due to the following error:
The system cannot find the path specified.
The following boot-start or system-start driver(s) failed to load:
(Note: Archlp.sys is (was?) an Arcsoft TotalMedia Theatre file. Arcsoft TotalMEdia Theatre file has been upgraded to the latest version (5.3) and does not appear to have any files of this name.)
The application-specific permission settings do not grant Local Launch permission for the COM Server application with CLSID
to the user NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM SID (S-1-5-18) from address LocalHost (Using LRPC). This security permission can be modified using the Component Services administrative tool.
(Note: This is IPBusENum)
1) System Event Notification Service was set to start automatically.
2) The 'Power' service was set to start automatically. No 'Power Control' service is listed so I'm unable to check the path reference.
3) 'netsh winsock reset' and 'netsh winsock reset catalog' were both run in safe mode with administrator privileges.
4) 'sfc /verifyonly was been run in safe mode with administrator privileges. No problems were found.
5) Deep security scans with Malwarebytes, MS Security Essentials, and the Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool found nothing.
6) Arcsoft TotalMedia Theatre was upgraded to the latest version. This had no effect on the archlp error but it was noted that it would not play DVD's. No problem with Blu-rays. Edit: The DVD failure is part of the current problem. Windows media player is able to play DVD's.
An old installation of Cyberlink's Blu-ray player was uninstalled.
7) Reinstallation of nVidia driver. The control panel became accessible until reboot when it became inaccessible again.
8) Jv16 power tools were used for registry, file, and history cleaning. (I use CCleaner regularly to reduce file bloat on the OS drive.)
9) An attempt to reset security levels on IPBusENum failed as all of the settings on the properties tab of IPBusEnum are greyed out. The only dependency is the 'Media Center Extender Service' which was disabled.
10) Disabling the IPBusEnum service has no effect on the observed problem.
11) The font caches were reset. (FontCache-System.dat)
12) A system restore reboots the computer and removes the problem. If this is followed by a simple reboot the problem is still absent but three hours later another simple reboot showed the problem had reappeared.
13) All non-essential startup programs were disabled.
Edit: 14) jv16's Compact registry function made the problem go away until I carried out a simple reboot when the problem reappeared. Whilst the problem had gone all of the listed errors in the system events were still present. jv16 refused to compact HKY_USERS because it thought compressing 256KB down to 8KB was too much.
Edited by ABarRiNgST, 27 December 2012 - 11:56 PM.