Good Evening Ron,
Firstly, I apologise for not responding yesterday to your latest message. I have been flat out these last few weeks working on a translation of our new village General Plan, all 549 pages of it! Yesterday was the day on which The Town Council agreed that I had accurately rendered the main points into English from the Castilian and so I was into making minor changes and getting it out to people. Today has been a mixed bag of odds and ends that have been neglected for some time.
Anyway, I now have a quiet evening and time to think about this activity. So I have looked for Windows Management Instrumentation and can't find it. In Autoruns there is a Tab for it, but it opens to a blank page. A search doesn't find it and a search for WMI brings up over 200 hits but nothing obvious. So, perhaps we have already disabled or deleted it.
As it happens I do have another laptop lying around... but worry not, that one I only keeo in case I ever need to use a piece of specially written business analysis software that is a hangover from a previous employment as a consultant and I haven't needed it in 10 years, but you never know...! It gets booted up every year or so and runs fine so no need and no point in doing anything on that machine.
So, I think we call it a day. It has been a pleasure working with you and I have really appreciated your knowledge, patience and understanding and I am genuinly grateful for the time and effort that you have afforded me. Not only have you helped me to improve the performance of three machines, but also you have taught me a lot about the inner aspects of Windows and taken me down paths that I would never have ventured unaided for fear of wrecking something...! :-)
Should you ever find yourself in Spain please do make contact, we have a guest apartment and would be pleased to host you.