Had windows update me the following
KB954154 - security updates x64 = Windows Media Player (not use it)
KB938464 - Security Update for Windows XP (might be the reason for the snafu as it is Vista and not XP in use)
KB955302 - vista 64 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/955302
KB890830 - malicious software removal
KB905866 - junk mail
KB954366 - " Known issues after you install the update
After you install this update, a CD or DVD device may not work correctly. If you select the device in Device Manager, and then you view the device properties, you may receive the following error message: The software for this device has been blocked from starting because it is known to have problems with Windows. Contact the hardware vendor for a new driver. (Code 48)"
KB940157 - windows search 4
plus optional for network card
just wasted several hours of my life, tried ubuntu CD to see if the net works from my machine, system restore not working etc, ended up getting the oldest system restore and it works thank god !
automatic updates disabled and set to notify me, but not to install
suggest u use system restore