thanks for your reply. Last time the client got stuck at 8 connections. But after doing some researching, I disabled microsoft security essentials and I THINK i've added port 8333 to my router. Connections are currently at 7 as we speak.
Regarding the up-to-date block chain, i'm not quite sure how to check that sorry.
It should say it on the status bar next to the number of connections... something like:
8 connections 123124 blocks
You can then see what the latest block-count is here: http://blockexplorer.com
It currently shows 123130