>In my last posting I passed on some advice I got from a collegue relating to december cumulative updates for SharePoint server 2007.
Well, you live and learn, following that advice caused some issues with subsequent updates in my case.
So the fact is, your mileage may vary. My mileage turned into a full restore from backup, re download the offending updates (now magically working as expected) re install and all is now well, moral, always back these things up before any major changes.
Thank god for Hyperv checkpoints.