I'm scrupulous about applying "Windows Updates" using the "Custom" option, so MS doesn't install something that I don't want....Like IE7....Been there, done that. IE6 works just fine.
SO: The other day, I'm perusing the latest downloads available for my computer and AGAIN I see a hardware (driver) update for my ATI 9600 Series Video Card. I've been ignoring this driver update for a year and a half. I don't do driver updates. My Video Card works fine as originally installed.
So I say to myself... what the hell SPOFF? Just DO IT. Maybe it will improve things for FSX. So I LET Windows Update download and INSTALL the Video Card update. ....I want to be open minded, that's why I did it.
After the whole thing is finished and my computer is Totally "FUBAR"....THEN I remember the Video Driver thingy that NOELL has posted on the top of this forum. OH Freakin No. BEWARE those that do not pay attention.
I did three System Restores. Each one earlier. I'm still working on cleaning up the damage. At the Low Point it was BSOD or B/W Screen. NOTHING ELSE. NO WAY to get back in. Finally, something I did allowed me to get back in and I imediately went to my old "AdAware SE" Personal......AND "AdWare Alert", which I had just installed. I UNINSTALLED BOTH. I'm still having a problem with Norton/Symantec. I occasionally get a yellow banner telling me my "File System Realtime Protection is DISABLED"...even though the Shield in the toolbar says it'e enabled.
OH: What was the big problem??? MS Windows Update installed the driver Update ON TOP OF THE ORIGINAL Driver.
Since then, I printed out NOELLS instructions..AND went to ATI to see what they say. BOTTOM LINE: Like Noell said...REMOVE OLD Drivers before installing new ones. DOH!
PS: Anyone had any problems updateing their "Ad-Aware SE Personal" from LavaSoft? I kept getting "File Corrupt Can't Read" when trying to update it..SO I went to "AdWare Alert" (Note the spelling). After I UN-Installed "AdWare Alert", SPYBOT S&D picked it up as a problem. Just Wondering. SPOFF