You've included just the nasty steps i made. I just updated the Network drivers via Windows Update (i usually never install them since windows recognizes them instantly). Should i get the "official" drivers from the realtek website?
Also i preferred the speedtouch original drivers since the new ones create another "fictional" LAN connection next to the DSL/PPOE one, even though the modem is actually on USB.
The video card drivers are the official up-to-date nvidia drivers, and directx is the 2010 february redistributable.
I will try the steps you mentioned, just for the sake of it, although i kinda do remember having the same sort of problems (not so often though) using fresh 64 drivers on that version of windows.
On the other hand the games that are crashing might be just due to some "faulty" builds (i also reinstalled windows without reinstalling my games, since it's a pain to restore just the savegames too), albeit this might not be the only reason. Thanks
a lot for your quick reply, i'll try your steps and give you some feedback this weekend, else i'll just have to stick with the 64-bit windows, with the new non-working webcam drivers.
EDIT: I forgot to mention that i'm relying
on some utilities such as netlimiter, daemon tools and logmein remote video mirror, all updated to their latest versions, which install themselves as fictional drivers. I never knew the minidumps were actually any good, maybe i'll start collecting them from now on.
I fail to see the connection between utorrent re-hasing some big files (since the crashes) and the video drivers failing, and i also dont know of any CPU-Z testing utilities (hwinfo maybe?). The LAN thingie seems to have 100% repro, i'll renew de drivers and delete the old ones.