My computer crashed last week, after I had downloaded a Windows XP update. When I called my Computer Technician he told me that I am the third person he has spoken to this week that this has happened to. He can probably retrieve all my data, but I think that the computer has taken an involuntary retirement package! It was an old computer and I knew I would have to upgrade soon, but I would have liked to have done it on MY terms.
So, if you have an oldish computer, please take heed of this and exercise caution befoe installing any updates!