Windows Vista SP1 installation circle of death
It turns out that the auto-update function of Windows Vista (ON by default!) downloads SP1 for Vista and leads to a continuously rebooting system after install for many users (see thread on Microsoft forums here) User echostormfury summarizes his extremely frustrating experince with M$ tech support:
3 hours on the phone with Microsoft Technical Support did not get me anywhere except to a "professional level technician" that asked me right off the bat to pay $249 for the incident support
So I now have to migrate my data out, reinstall Windows, and salvage my files in a new install.
Microsoft Sucks (Relearned)
Microsoft Windows Vista
Microsoft Windows Update should BE TURNED OFF from Automatic Updates (Not feasible or practicle, but I'd rather be hacked and whored than risk losing ALL MY FILES again due to stupidity rather than devious ingenuity)
RAID with Windows
is trouble (sync a backup instead daily, or image weekly)
A likely culprit: AVG may be contributory to this problem
And did I mention, Microsoft Sucks?
Microsoft you owe me 14 hrs of my time