I'd like to partially hijack the OP's thread since the original problem has been solved.
My greatest concern, and the only thing keeping me from gladly buying a windows based laptop is monitor quality and color calibration. I've understood that macs have always had good, long lasting displays and from my own experience with my iMac, calibrating it is quite simple. This isn't the same for windows pc's, with which I've had bad experiences in terms of display quality.
I'm hoping that some of the more tech savvy artists on here might be able to point me in the right direction for buying a good, artist ready laptop model. So far I've been looking at the T series thinkpad for it's excellent hardware, history of good performance, and large battery life (or so they claim). The only issue is that I've been led to believe the thinkpad will have a poor monitor compared to something like a macbook. Guidance would be appreciated, I'd really rather not dish out $1,700 for a 15" macbook, especially since I already know what OS X has to offer.
(Ahh, sorry guys, I didn't notice how old this thread was)