Wow, I was typing the last message and it crashed on me (and right now my taskbar looks weird). I'll keep it simple I suppose.
Basically, I thought the problem was the Windows Live Essentials update which forced me to do a system restore, and the problem went away. It then automatically downloaded the WLE update again and I OS-restored. I selected 'never-install-this-update' and i believe i haven't installed it since. However, lately my computer has been crashing...and its getting annoying.
Original (current) OS: Windows 7 Home Premium x64
Purchased in the begining of January to replace stolen Asus G51. Problem signature: Problem Event Name: BlueScreen OS Version: 6.1.7600.2.0.0.768.3 Locale ID: 4105 Additional information about the problem: BCCode: 9f BCP1: 0000000000000003 BCP2: FFFFFA8006E81440 BCP3: FFFFF80000B9C518 BCP4: FFFFFA80042E21A0 OS Version: 6_1_7600 Service Pack: 0_0 Product: 768_1 Files that help describe the problem: C:\Windows\Minidump\021911-16192-01.dmp C:\Users\Colin\AppData\Local\Temp\WER-61651-0.sysdata.xml Read our privacy statement online: Windows 7 Privacy Statement - Microsoft Windows
If the online privacy statement is not available, please read our privacy statement offline: C:\Windows\system32\en-US\erofflps.txt Thanks yowanvista, i've included the minidump, windows+perfmon files now.