Thank you both, I have read up on the 3GB switch but am hesitant to modify my boot.ini after borking my MBR not so long ago. As it turns out, I don't get along with Windows all that well.
On the up side, I haven't been able to reproduce the lag since first posting this thread.
And no, I won't be starting a new thread in the MS forum but thanks for the advice. In my reopening of this thread, my intentions were to serve as a reference only.
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