That's a relief. It's still doing it's best to scare me. Just booted up now, after all this of course, and saw an on screen message ( I was not paying attention -- didn't expect anything like this ) something like 55/5 ??? registry something ? and it was gone. Then it went to "configuring updates" stage 3 of 3. Weird it never asked for a restart or showed the stage 1 and 2 parts either earlier in the day.
All does seem OK. I am going to tick this one as resolved but if anything else happens I will add to this thread. I must image the drive as well, I don't want to go through all this again. And it all seemed to start with me installing a USB PIC programmer from Microchip -- which is Vista tested. All good practice for the next time.
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