Thanks for trying to tackle these couple of problems simultaneously. Here's my update.
1) Shut down - I unchecked the box you mentioned under System Failure, but I highly doubt this is the problem nor do I believe it is crashing on shut down as MS suggests. The reason is that when I click shut down, a small pop up with 3 options opens as you know with XP - Stand by yellow, Turn off red, and Restart green. The Stand by option is now no longer yellow, instead it has turned into the same color as the background which means it is no longer an option. So, if the computer cannot go into standby (hibernate), then for some reason it also cannot properly shut down. This "deactivation" of stand by has never happened before. So, I doubt there is any crash during shut down, I think something has fundamentally changed with the shut down procedure.
Anyhow, I have attached the junk log you asked for. I hope this shows something.
2) Speed Fan - Seems to have been successful. After dl, I saw that fan 1&2 were running at only about 40%, so I increased them both to 90%. The temp dropped to around 53 in 1min as you said, and is holding steady. THANKS! That helps with a big -pain-in-butt problem. Btw, I saw the config box you mentioned but never figured out what I was supposed to do in there. I never saw something that would permanently increase the fan speed.
3) Realplayer - I did exactly as you recommended with Microsoft Visual C++ 2008, but still the install was unsuccessful as I got the same error message. Fyi, during the first part of install, I had browser windows open, but then before the final install stage, RP tells you to close all browser windows, which I did. Not sure if this would affect anything, kind of doubt it, but this constant error mesg is awfully weird.