[01:40] - OEM sticker keys redux.

Gov, what you mean is the OEM masterkey (SLP), but the key on the laptop/PC is a normal key (OEM COA) that you can use to activate Windows. Those are 2 different things! Don't mix them all the time.

[12:47] - Several apps on a PC lag after trying to close them.

Try this hotfix:

A process that is being terminated stops responding in Windows 7 or in Windows Server 2008 R2
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2582203/en-us

On a computer that is running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2, a process that is being terminated stops responding. When this issue occurs, the main thread of the process becomes blocked, and the process does not terminate.