Windows is moving to the day where the hood of your Windows car is welded shut. So no more tinkering.
-> Let's try this. What's busted that caused you to pop the hood?
Or are you just wanting to tinker?
(This issue is not Windows 7 specific, as a Google search on the subject reveals other Windows users having this issue. Yet I am using 7, so I'm putting it here.)
Device Manager shows one hidden device that cannot be disabled - RAS ASYNC Adapter. It cannot be uninstalled either. Even stranger is that it appears and disappears before my eyes, and I am doing nothing to cause this.
I do not want any rasman services running so I'd like to figure what, why and how this is going on.