Sony Vaio has returned. I broke out the system image, and Win7 re-image was successful. With that, though, I have the “foo” error that seems to have no apparent reason (hardware, software, bios all check out fine) again. Concensus is/was that it’s an error related to the fact this machine is made for Windows 8.
I have my documentation for the windows 8 upgrade.. yet again. Oy. Do I want to put up with the intermittent Win32k.sys error, or take the chance on installing Windows 8 again.