After a painless installation, Windows 7 is up and running. A beta of Kaspersky antivirus has been installed.
Only real snag was finding where the network setup was hidden to set the IP address manually, instead of using DHCP.
This post is being typed on the laptop and sent over the wireless network so everything is working so far.
The desktop and menus are quite different,but initial impressions I like it. Seems fairly quick but its on a dual core processor so it should be. 1 Meg Ram.
Right back to exploring and installing some software.