Someone come in here and tell me that I shouldn't be so very angry at this particular computer model. I know computers aren't sentient (yet), but my first interactions with this computer have not been pleasant. Initially it seems that the system can't handle Windows 7 without a BIOS update (machine came refurbished with A02 BIOS, the current version is A13), and so I put together a Vista PE environment to try to update the BIOS, and now it is having issues installing this updated BIOS. I have tried repeatadly with the same error.
Out of vengeance I was able to update the BIOS of a Optiplex 740 with no issue at all. Ugh.