Tried contacting HP Japan and AMD Japan , as well as asked for advice on Windows 7 forum , but couldn’t get through to HP/AMD and the form hasn’t been much help . I think I will take your and other folks advice and use system restore . Should I stop updates temporarily until MS comes up with a fix ?
I doubt that is necessary. As I said above, Microsoft has stopped distributing the updates that cause problems.
It sounds like you have never done a system restore.
System restore preserves files that you have created/modified after the date of the restore point.
One potential problem with system restore is that you may not have a recent restore point. If you start the system restore process, you will be asked to select a dated restore point. Windows normally makes restore points fairly often, but sometimes it does not. If you don't have a recent restore point, or you have installed critical programs recently that you cannot easily reinstall, I'd just forget the system restore and uninstall every installed update in the list of updates posted above. Not all of them will be on your computer.