I performed the Windows Live OneCare scan; handy tool, it picked up on a couple of registry and temporary files minor errors. Corrected them, but did no good to the problem at hand.
Afterwards, I performed a SFC scan. This is what I came up with:
Microsoft Windows [Version 6.0.6002]
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Beginning system scan. This process will take some time.
Beginning verification phase of system scan.
Verification 100% complete.
Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix
some of th
Details are included in the CBS.Log windir\Logs\CBS\CBS.log. For example
I am attaching the CBS log zipped. Pls check it when you have the time, and let me know. Thanks for your assistance. This windows update thing is annoying.