So, not only did it come with the correct OS already installed, it had Office 2007 as well- I had to enter my own product key and upgrade to professional, but the amount of time was rather small, so score another for the hubby.
The Windows updates are taking f.o.r.e.v.e.r. and I hope to get Visual Studio and then the bulk of the little annoying programs that you only realize you need when you discover they aren't there.
The touchpad is nice, have not yet tried the pencil eraser. Hmmm, will it void my warranty if I pry it off?