Did a factory restore on an HP G70, installed SP2 from the MS local file and following the installation of SP2 and IE 9 discovered that IE crashes on startup. Went into the Internet options to reset all IE settings and changed the HP start page to http://www.google.com and no change in behaviour.
It seemed flakey to me so I restored the factory image a 2nd time to be sure it wasn't a fluke (it's happened to me before) and instead of using the SP2 file I went through the update process. After all updates related to SP1 and still using IE7, there were no issues. After I got to the SP2 update again and IE 9 . . . IE starts instantly crashing again.
32 bit Vista Home with Intel processor & 3 GB ram.
Anyone have any ideas?