I wasn't sure where to post this. I apologize in advance if this should instead go in a Mac section...
I bought an iMac in February of 2012, and using Boot Camp installed Windows 7 on its own partition. It worked great. However, when I tried to update to Service Pack 1, all instances of Bluetooth disappeared from the system. Nothing in the control panel, nothing when you typed "blue" in the start menu. Because the keyboard and magicpad both link to the computer via Bluetooth, the computer becomes nigh-unusable. I managed to use a USB pen tablet and the software keyboard to reinstall Windows. Everything worked fine again, and I simply made it a point to never install Service Pack 1.
Fast forward to today. I turned on my computer to find it installing updates, which wasn't that unusual. However when I got to desktop, I found that neither the keyboard or magicpad worked. Sure enough, Windows had installed SP1 without asking me, and Bluetooth had pulled its systemwide disappearing act.
Unlike the first time, I had far too much software installed and files in use to just reformat and start over again. Instead I attempted to restore my computer. Only one restore point was available, from the night before. I clicked that and restored. This worked for the Bluetooth, it had returned to its old self, but instead a plethora of odd errors appeared. First off, Microsoft Essentials, my chosen virus protector would fail at startup and give this error code: 0x80040154. It cannot be run, and attempts to uninstall it do nothing.
Annoying, but I could just use another solution. I moved on to clicking on my update settings in the task bar, only for it to give an error and not load up the settings. I tried to go through the Control Panel, but any link there would not work when clicked. It would change color, registering the click, but nothing pops up. Trying to run any portion of the Control Panel through the quick-type start menu wouldn't work either. Even right-clicking the desktop and hitting personalize gives no response.
Otherwise, the system seems to work fine, and I can run Firefox, Skype, Photoshop, and all other usual programs without a hitch.
But I seem to be stuck between a rock and a hard place. Obviously no access to anything in my Control Panel will be a problem eventually. But restoring back to SP1 installed will surely erase my Bluetooth again. I'm not sure what to do here (besides the arduous task of a format), so any help anyone could provide for either problem that doesn't involve that would be much appreciated.
P.S. during one of several reboots to attempt to fix the control panel issue on my own, I was once told "my copy of Windows may not be genuine. I assure you it is a full retail copy. However five reboots later, I never could reproduce that message.
Edited by hamluis, 22 March 2013 - 02:34 PM.
Moved from Win 7 to Mac O/S - Hamluis.