I finally got the gumption to try re-installing IE7.
I got tired of not having Outlook Express. Not that Firefox's email is BAD... but I do happen to have one of those old hotmail accounts that is grandfathered for use with Outlook Express, and I like being able to get to all my stuff in one place.
So I re-downloaded and re-installed, and everything seems to be fine.
Oh, and after all these Windows Updates it looks like Windows doesn't lock up anymore when I boot up with my ergonomic (Microsoft!!!!) keyboard.