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If I could, I'd like to ask a couple questions to the experts.

First the problem. I have a computer that is constantly turning itself on. Also, I originally had Vista ultimate on the machine,but encountered multiple problems. I am running Norton 360 3.0 Here are some of the issues.

1. When I'd start the computer up, it would not allow me to run Windows update. It would give me the error that Vista may not be valid. When I'd check the validity the Vista on the Windows site, it would come back as valid.

2. The firewall would be constantly be getting turned off.

3. Norton would not update or do a full scan.

4. Control panel would not populate it's icons when I'd open it. I couldn't get to any of it's programs.

These are the major issues. I ran approximately 6 or seven different virus and malware detection programs (mostly the ones from this site). They never found anything.

So, to try to correct this, I updated to the beta Windows 7. Everything seemed to go OK until the computer started to turn on by itself. Now I'm concerned that the problem is going to return.

My question is, could I run all of these scans and not detect the problem? I have never made any changes to create any of these issues. I have been considering reformatting the hard drive and starting over, but I'm not to comfortable in doing that.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!
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