Newbie to your forums here! I have Windows Vista Bld 5600 RC1. I am installing a dual-boot config. Installation for Vista goes very smoothly. After installation Vista begins the system performance check and then boots into desktop, and this is where the problem begins. Vista will automatically start the Windows update service and then everything locks up, freezes (I cannot say for sure this issue is due to windows update). This occurs at every instant that I boot into the Vista desktop after a system restart. However, if I launch Vista in Safe Mode (with networking), it works perfectly fine. After checking with Vista's help and support, it indicated that If Vista is functioning properly in safe mode, it is safe to eliminate drivers as the problem. Anyone out there have this problem? Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated and Thanks in advance!