It’s got decent enough video performance for Aero, which I like, but the standard HD is anemic, so:
1. Computer Management -> Disable the Windows Search service.
2. Control Panel/Programs & Features/Turn Off Windows Features -> Disable the Gadget Platform.
3. Control Panel/User Accounts/User Accounts -> Disable UAC (only do this if you are computer savvy).
4. Control Panel/Sound -> Set sounds to No Sound (because computers should be seen and not heard).
With those tweaks on a fresh Windows 7 x64 install with SP1, and using Microsoft Security Essentials for anti-virus, basic browsing/Office performance is pretty decent on this cheapo laptop, and the display is pretty nice at 1280×800. Happy camper.