After running a variety of antivirus scanners, reg cleaners etc, I decided to call it a day and resorted to recreating the windows partition.
I experimented with two separate hard drives. One I reformatted and recreated from discs, the other was original to the box and I used the restore discs as well.
Here is where I am stumped.
With either of the hard drives, everything is fine and dandy with the rebuild. I can access the internet, wireless works, turn the computer on and off, unplug the power to the box, the CMOS date remains accurate UNTIL I allow Windows Automatic Update to install it's 94 updates when I go to shut down.
It appears that one or more of the updates is producing the conflict.
How do I go about sorting out which of these updates is boinking the box?
Installing 94 updates one by one to determine the culprit is more than my patience can handle.
For the time being, I have turned off automatic updates and all is fine on one of the hard drives and the other drive (disconnected) sits with the updates but in the damaged mode of shutting down and warnings. So, I have a way to compare and evaluate potential fixes by swapping in the "updated" drive if I can determine which of the updates is the culprit.
Any thoughts appreciated.
Edited by brus brother, 13 December 2012 - 04:29 AM.