Well, I have functionality back, at least. I found 2 USB ports that I could plug into. The restore does not give me back the functionality though. I see the tablet light up as I boot, and the wireless adapter light up, and then, as windows loads, they both turn off. For some reason, windows is turning off that USB controller, despite it showing as on and fine in the hardware thing. weird.
meanwhile, how can I put my programs back in the startup programs all programs position? I've dragged a few in there, but I really want them all to show up, and they don't.