Booted "normally" 2 or 3 times, then BSOD's
BSOD's on Normal & Safe with Networking, Boots successfully in Safe-Mode
Startup repair yielded no errors/repairs
Bluescreen View log: [attachment=124538:bluescreen.txt]
What's new or different:
Installed Windows 8 Release Preview (RC) in VMWare player 5/31
Netgear wireless N router crapped out on 5/30--
Re-installed my backup G router & Atheros Wireless LAN Driver from here 5/30
Booted laptop around 7 pm last eve (it's 2:30 am here) and had to assist my elderly Mom so I didn't see if any error message(s) appeared on boot but I knew something was awry when about 10 mins later I heard the Windows "Startup Sound" (I have it un-checked). Fired up Firefox and was met with the "Firefox is not set as your current browser...would you like..." (it is, or at least it was before this incident). Fired up Chrome and checked the settings...not default, tried opening IE9 to see if it had somehow been set as default.... got a brief "flash" & nothing
Upon opening Control Panel> Programs> Add/remove to check the staus of IE, I saw only 5 or so programs total listed as "installed" Add/remove components listed not IE9, but IE8 and was "unchecked" . A check of installed updates yielded only 2 Hotfixes listed. Windows Update status was that of a fresh install...select preferences, etc... "Last checked" was listed as "never" and subsequent check yielded 60 or so available updates. System programs wouldn't open, ie: Event Viewer, System Restore, MSSE Others would (cmd, comp mgmt)
At this point a reinstall seems likely but need some help scanning for potential hardware /software/driver...etc issues.
EDIT TO ADD: I did scan with MBAM in safe mode, no baddies found
2nd EDIT Attach Mini ToolBox result: [attachment=124539:Result.txt]
Edited by Union_Thug, 02 June 2012 - 02:06 AM.