Dumb question, but if you have the above installed, do you still need to install security updates? Reason I'm asking is that I re-installed Vista on a Dell Inspiron 1520 because it was in some kind of loop constantly rebooting.
After the installation, it then wanted to apply 104 updates (275+ MB) - and of course after applying the updates, it went back into the cyclic reboot - none of the options for safe mode etc. worked.
So then I had to re-install Vista (using the recovery mode and system restore) and re-install the updates, but this time I did it in a binary split - with a reboot in between to try to identify the update causing the problem. Eventually I brought it down to three candidates (mail, movie maker and something else I don't remember). Without these last 3, the PC seemed fine. I skipped them because I wasn't planning to use those programs.
But, I'm still not sure if it was one of those updates that was causing the problem because I didn't try to install them - I was heartily sick of the whole process by then, apart from it taking 2 days (the download speed appeared to be limited to 56K, though a concurrent speed test showed that the internet was running at 300KB+ as I said, I was heartily sick of the whole process by then and wasn't willing to spend another several hours on the internet trying to figure out why the slow download speed, plus the fact the installs were PAINFULLY slow) to go through the process upto that point.
So I wonder whether it was the number of updates being applied at once, or whether it was just those specific updates which I didn't install.
There were a lot of security updates 150+ MB. So this brings me back to the question above - and could I have got away without installing the security updates because the other tools were installed?
As a subtext to this, what kind of problems won't the above tools address?