I recently installed Windows 7 onto my Elitebook 2730p and stupidly installed the HP Protect Tools on it. I used the vista installer and figured it would be just fine...I was wrong.
It installed, but didn't really work. the Protect Tool Shield showed up, but any time I double clicked the taskbar icon, it just popped up a window and sat there. I thought I would uninstall it...but it just hung there.
I did a little searching around for how to remove it. I even tried safe mode on Win 7...no dice.
I finally just gave up and reinstalled the system. I didn't get too far in, so I figured it wasn't much of a waste.
This will teach me to wait for HP to release Windows 7 compatible Protect Tools