Ok, I tried what you said to do, and I'm still getting the same "Maybe a problem with driver...Windows couldn't automatically bind the IP protocol stack to the network adapter." crap. When I hover the mouse over the connection icon in the tray it says something along of the lines of no connections found, whereas before all this stuff it picked them up immediately. I would try to system restore, but it seems that it was turned off when I installed windows - and the rollback driver button is no longer enabled because of uninstalling the driver before installing the next one. Also, this may not be related, but the microsoft miniport adapter that was listed before is gone.
P.S. I have a desktop, in case there are troubleshooting differences.