I am playing a bit of a dance on trusting the mags/scuttle between today this hack works, vs whatever random time MS sends a "land mined" update the net will start screaming.
Good point about landmines. Maybe best strategy is to: 1) hold-off on further auto-updates until enough time passes without screams, and 2) backup the registry before installation. As for the four updates mentioned in my initial post, I found no complaints so far except from MS who wants users to spend more money a newer OS.
Should add that today, the day following installation of the four updates, my net connection didn't work initially and avast! AV acted strangely even after a warm reboot. Then did a cold boot and here I am. Thinking that perhaps avast! needed to "analyze" how my system changed and then decided it was okay after all.