My machine was running extremely slow and I followed the suggestions of The Comodore and the machine is running much, much faster. I have another problem now though. After running all of these utilities, my CD/DVD drives will no longer read and/or write any CD/DVD's. The drives are there but when I put my CD in a drive, it won't Autorun and when I open the drive, it shows me nothing is there. The really strange things though are 1) I can see and access the drives in Safe Mode and 2) NERO utilities will test the drives and give me the names of the CD's when Windows is running in Normal mode.
I have done a lot of research on this and tried uninstalling and reinstalling the drives. Uninstalling, physically disconnecting and reconnecting the drives. The drives get reinstalled apparently fine but I cannot read anything on any disc. I have also run the registry fix that I read about removing the Upper and Lower levels on the CD/DVD.
I will say that Drive E: did recognize a CD a few minutes ago and allowed me to start installing a piece of software but when it asked for disc 2, I inserted it into the drive and the system get telling me to install a CD in Drive E:. Drive F: keeps telling me to insert a disc when there is already one in there. So, even though Drive E: worked for about 5 minutes installing the first part of this software, neither drive is working now.
Any clues, ideas, suggestions?