before you try restoring the system i think you should pursue your current approach to find out what setting might cause this. trying to restore the system state or just muck around in general is asking for trouble. better to keep trying to find someone or some site which can tell you clearly what service chance is causing the problem. it also has the benefit of learning something that can be of use if it happens to someone else.
Yep. I've been trying by enabling/disabling those programs that have been set to disabled status and have failed to have FARR work yet. That is, the launch programs part of course.
TweakXP by Total Idea is the program i used. It's odd, as i remember using it before and don't recall it stopping FARR from working.
This program disabled System Restore so you know...
Yes, I know, always make a registry backup... Ugh!