I'm back again asking questions. I'm in one of those "it never rains but that it pours" mode as far as unexpected computer problems. This time it's on my Win7 Ultimate 32-bit Gateway Desktop computer.
The computer has started to get wonky at boot time. It was typically getting through booting up, then I'd get what I call the "pink dissolve screen" where it appeared that the monitor was failing, but isn't. It works just fine on other machines. At first I thought it was probably the video card, but now I'm not so sure.
Yesterday when I started to try some serious diagnostics it got stuck during boot up in the "Flying Window" screen. The slight pulsing that you see in the window aura just comes to a halt. I ended up having to do a power button power down, which I hate doing but I had no choice.
Today I got back to work and on boot up it recognized there was a problem with booting and suggested that I try Startup Repair, which I did but after I'd gotten past the login prompt for an administrator ID I had to step away from the computer for a few moments, and when I came back it was back to the main screen that asks if you want to do Startup Repair, System Restore, Recovery from System Image, etc.
I thought, OK, I consistently do backups, lets try rolling back with a System Restore. It was mere seconds after making that choice that I received a BSOD that did not self-dismiss. Unfortunately I had to leave and had to shut the computer off. I can tell you, definitely, that the complaint on the BSOD was about volmgr.sys and the issue reported as attempting to write to read-only memory.
At this juncture I'm trying to get opinions about what might be wrong and about how best to proceed correcting it. I have system image backups from this machine that are not very old at all, and since it's not our primary computer there will be almost no data loss if I recover from a system image. However, I don't know if this is the best approach or if any of the above symptoms might tell someone who's "been there, done that" what is actually going wrong.
All assistance is appreciated.