Hey, smarty-pants, I'm having the same problem & I DID let the computer run through the updates properly without interrupting. I've been working with Vista for a couple years now & I've never seen the ntoskrnl error before now. Never had a problem letting updates install as needed. Now every time this particular system tries to go through the install process, I see it go through "Installing 1 of 3 updates" or the very cute "Installing 40 of 49 updates", then when it goes to restart, I see the startup error, it runs through repair process, and as far as I can tell, does a system rollback because the desktop has certain icons showing (network, control panel) that I keep changing to NOT show. I have turned off automatic updates entirely and we're getting normal boot-ups now, but I don't feel good ignoring updates FOREVER - it would be nice to know what update is screwing the pooch. Thank you.