The latest round of updates has wiped four partitions by changing the partition table on Windows 7 Professional 64-bit!!!!!!!
Having been on holiday for three weeks with no net connection, I found a multitude of updates apparently needed when I got my laptop back home. Luckily for me, I downloaded my pictures from the laptop to the desktop machine before doing the updates. (The laptop is fully protected by McAfee, with no reported problems.)
One of these has changed my partition table so that only the C: drive is available. The rest of the [previously allocated space is now apparently 'Free Space' according to the Disk Management utility in Windows 7 Professional 64-bit.
Nice one!!! I now don't have my Programs, Data, Pictures or Media partitions. Also, the Registry is in a mess as it still thinks that all the programs installed into the Programs partition are present, but can't find them as there is no partition!!!!!!!!
It seems I am left with an install from scratch to sort out the mess - unless someone out there knows better???
Thanks a bundle, Microsoft??!!??!!