So this morning Windows crashed in the middle of my doing nothing unusual, and while the computer itself seemed to be booting up fine, I was unable to get Windows to load without crashing, even in safe mode. I got numerous BSODs in the process of doing what little I was able to: sometimes generic, but at least one “BAD POOL HEADER” and at least one “PAGE FAULT IN NONPAGED AREA.” A little Googling showed these to be bad things.
Anyway, I finally managed to boot into safe mode and did a system restore, which has (at least temporarily) solved the problem. My question is: how do I stop this from happening again (when, say, the Windows update that I undid reinstalls)? Already this is prompting me to finally get around to uninstalling Norton/Symantec (which was one of the things that was frequently mentioned in the online discussions I browsed). Any other obvious precautions I should take? I haven’t recently installed any new programs. Using Vista. Thanks very much for any help.