I noticed that I was missing some older entries from my calendar in Outlook (which is what started the larger problem) and I tried System Restore which I have used before with success. No matter which restore point I choose, the computer goes through the process and ends like normal but with the statement that no changes have been made to the computer. I have gone back as far as possible.
I noticed this problem sometime during an extended period of upgrading my computer. I installed a new DVD Burner and memory. No problem with that. A week or so later, a second new DVD Burner; then after waiting for the custom Dell bracket to be delivered, I installed a new hard drive. Everything seems to be in working order. I have used both burners; I have formatted and partitioned the new hard drive and the memory shows the increase. I wish I would have thought to do a System Restore to see if I could get the Calendar back before I started all this but I didn't and have since learned it could be archived in a file currently on my original drive.
I am concerned because I sometimes need to rely on System Restore as I try out new programs, etc (which reminds me - some new software has been installed also but the only one that shows up in a restore point is Acronis.) There were a couple restore points with items listed that I did not recognize. "Install HD View for Internet Explorer" was one and the other I will attempt to attach.
The system overall is acting different; hesitating when it normally wouldn't. Slow sometimes. And when I'm scrolling down a page with lots of photos (msnbc.com) there is a trail left behind ... sorry not much of an explanation.
Any help is appreciated. Thanks.