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Sounds like you should report this in the following thread. Other users have reported the same issue on XP Pro machines. They might be able to help get you back on your feet temporarily. Some of the most recent posts talk in greater detail about video driver deletion or corruption.
A Software Distribution Service 3.0 entry in System Restore usually means Windows Updates downloaded and installed. Everytime Windows is going to install updates, it creates a restore point. The updates for this month just came out Tuesday August 9th.
Thank you for the referal to the thread. It sounds a lot like what is happening. I will report it there and try some of the things that they suggest. This last update pretty much did me in as doing the system restore from the earlier point isn't helping anymore. Tech support chat was worth about what I paid for it..nothing.
I did a restore to a point before the Tuesday update, but noticed that all previous restore points had been deleted, apparently by Windows Update. Previously, I had restored to last Friday and that had worked..
Thank you again for the help.