rberq wrote: I also own an extra copy of Win XP Pro. I'm thinking of formatting the hard drive as soon as it arrives, and installing XP. Are there any benefits of one over the other?
Vista is the definition of resource hog. If the computer has enough RAM which is the primary problem most people have with Vista no reason to downgrade.
Unless you're using cutting edge hardware or software there is real no reason to have Vista. Having said that no reason to get rid of it either as long as the sytem can handle your needs.