Right under my nose all the time. I should have more closely read the .txt file that Windows Error Reporting COULD NOT send. Right there at the bottom of the Notepad....I never even saw it before. Wouldn't be the first time a 3rd party software (sometimes drivers too) was in serious conflict with kernel32.dll. Been going on like that since Windows 95~98. Not just the cause of the Application popup on my system. In fact, I believe the vast majority of ESS 4.0's problems is directly related to the EGUI.exe(maybe even the ekrn.exe) vs. Kernel32.dll conflict.