It's not half bad. Dell seems to have learned their lesson about shipping machines with a zillion-and-five pieces of crappy software loaded on them. This has a pretty darn clean build of XP SP2, and little else.
I'm in the middle of the Windows Update deathmarch. Since when did IE 7 count as a critical update? Sheeze. I don't know whether to bite the bullet and install it (on the grounds that now that IE 7 is out MS will soon be pushing IE 6 off the train) or say bugger off and tell Winders Update to never show this again (on the grounds that I've made a Firefox user out of my father in-law, and who's gonna use Internet Exploder on this box anyway?
The new Dell reduced-footprint USB keyboard *SUCKS*. I have dug out a PS/2 keyboard and mouse to USB adapter and the Mighty Model M is now in charge. Shit, I think the Model M might weigh more than the PC! :-)