Bootcamp 'Glowing' windows logo freeze after gfx driver install

Bootcamp 'Glowing' windows logo freeze after gfx driver install
Last week suddenly, after having changed or installed nothing, trying to boot into windows resulted in a frozen glowy window logo 'Starting Windows', which resulted in having to format the windows partition.
Since then I've found out that I can do everything except install gfx drivers.
I've installed firefox, all bootcamp drivers except gfx, swtor (doesn't run of course, but installs fine), quicktime, rebooting is fine after all this...
But as soon as I install any kind of graphics driver and reboot, it freezes at the glowy window logo.
I have tried;
The bootcamp included gfx driver
Windows Update included gfx driver
Official nVidia latest beta driver
Official nVidia latest whql driver
Official nVidia oldest whql driver
nVidia Cuda driver, both versions
All give the same result
I have formatted the entire harddrive and written zeros and made the windows partition in a physically different location to make sure it's not a harddrive issue, no luck.
I have tried both Windows 7 x86 and x64 with matching drivers, same results.
Tried booting with no devices attached, no luck.
This all seems to me like a bust gfx card, were it not that under Lion everything works fine, even gaming (WoW).
Techtool Pro's test machine shows no errors.
My machine is a;
24-inch, Early 2008
Processor  3,06 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
Geheugen  4 GB 800 MHz DDR2 SDRAM
Videokaart  NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GS 512 MB
Software  Mac OS X Lion 10.7.3 (11D50b)
Modelnaam: iMac
Modelaanduiding: iMac8,1
Processornaam: Intel Core 2 Duo
Processorsnelheid: 3,06 GHz
Aantal processors: 1
Totale aantal cores: 2
L2-cache: 6 MB
Geheugen: 4 GB
Bussnelheid: 1,07 GHz
Opstart-ROM-versie: IM81.00C1.B00
SMC-versie (systeem): 1.30f1

I am running Lion on a Mac Mini Server wherein I placed a Bootcamp partition and installed Windows 7 Ultimate. I've been testing Windows Media Center using a CableCard Tuner installed in a SiliconDust HomeRun box.
All was well until I received a Windows notification of an NVIDIA driver update. After the update, I now freeze at the same point that you do in the Windows startup splash screen.
I rolled back the driver using the Windows control panel associated with the device. Still freezes.
Windows repair does not have a fix. I can't get windows to start in "safe mode" so I can remove the additional apps that NVIDIA installed during the update.
I'm certain the freeze is associated with the NVIDIA driver.

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