this is GREAT INFORMATION. thank you, oh thank you Area51! I'm going to follow these directions right now, because it really sounds like this is the fix.
I'll let you know for sure in a bit, but was so excited I wanted to *hug you right now
this did not help me. oh sadface.
I thought, I'll just reformat, make a new partition and re-install windows7. I keep getting the notice that 'Setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing system partion. see setup log files for more info' huh?