Problem fixed, at least for the time being.
I had no restore points. It was turned on but max size was set to zero. Perhaps because I am running a SSD? What do you recommend as I am unable to Trim on my machine?
SFC /Verifyonly found no issues. Sound reassuring.
The problem was a faulty add-on in IE8. Classic. Adobe pdf helper, sort of classic too. Now disabled. Is there a way to uninstall the add-on entirely?
Looking in my log there are some errors of interest:
Microsoft-Windows-Kernel-EventTracing/Admin. Kernel-EventTracing Event ID 3. SessionName: ReadyBoot. FileName: C:\Windows\Prefetch\ReadyBoot\ReadyBoot.etl. ErrorCode: 3221225864 Is this system restore failing due to no space?
System VDS Basic Provider EventID 1. EventData: 490@01010004
. Related to Virtual Disk Management somehow?
Do not have that as far as I know.
SideBySide Event ID 35:
Activation context generation failed for "c:\program files (x86)\windows live\photo gallery\MovieMaker.Exe".Error in manifest or policy file "c:\program files (x86)\windows live\photo gallery\WLMFDS.DLL" on line 8. Component identity found in manifest does not match the identity of the component requested. Reference is WLMFDS,processorArchitecture="AMD64",type="win32",version="18.104.22.168". Definition is WLMFDS,processorArchitecture="x86",type="win32",version="22.214.171.124". Please use sxstrace.exe for detailed diagnosis. Processor architecture=AMD64????
No disk parity errors as I saw from Vista. I wonder if the crash was caused by the H2A firmware in the SSD or if it was just an incompatibility issue with my mobo.