Okay, new logs attached.
Hitting shutdown goes back to the current application, then it loses focus as the current window, followed by a brief flickering of the screen and the current window. In other instances some open windows might close, not in this time. Usually a few program icons on the taskbar will disappear, but not all. Eventually the icon for the Intel ProSet/Wireless will go to yellow, stay that way and another network connection icon will appear at the end of the taskbar stating the network is disconnected on mouseover. At this point moving the cursor over the other taskbar icons will cause them to disappear with the exception of the network disconnected and volume icons. Everything else seems to run normally at this time and the laptop will remain running until re-initiating shutdown/restart. Doing so closes all open programs immediately and goes straight to the windows shutdown screen and accompanying jingle.
Startup is pretty straightforward. When the desktop comes up, it and the taskbar will go black independently and be redrawn independently before the desktop icons come up. The taskbar icon area stays black a little longer. The icons on the taskbar come up as they load. The Intel ProSet/Wireless icon won't get a connection until the another network icon appears (mouseover states something along the lines of another program is using the network controller). The second network icon shows it disconnected when it does appear, then is replaced by one saying it is connected after a few seconds. The intel icon will then connect as well, most of the time the second icon will disappear shortly after. At this point all other taskbar programs seem to load without an issue. Windows needs a minute or so more after this before it is fully functional.
Let me know if you would like me elaborate on anything or pay attention to something else instead.