I've also set up tasks in Outlook to keep me from letting the comp get clogged up:
daily - download new antivirus definitions for Panda
weekly - Full anti-virus/-spyware scans (Spyware scanners update before scans)
monthly - Run Disk Cleanup, back up files and defrag
This is all thanks mainly to some great reference articles from MaximumPC magazine.
So my next step after this last spyware scan completes is to tweak out XP. Not totally - I'm not going to skin it or install like a bajillion tweak utilities (ie XTeq Setup, TweakXP, etc) - just TweakUI and some registry settings and Service modifications.
After that I should be ready to rock and roll! I'm going to hold off reformatting my old computer until next weekend - I want to make sure I have everything transferred over, and the best way to do that is use this comp for a week. If I don't need to go back to the old comp for anything, I'm set. In the meantime tho I'm going to shut it down and hook the Samsung up to my new lappy for some dual-display goodness. Mmmmmm....
Kinda somewhat funny thing happened today. I had unplugged the speaker cable from my old laptop and put it in the new one. As I was defragging I started hearing the high-pitched scraping sound (at least that's what it sounded like). But it was very soft. So at first I thought my speakers were generating noise, so I turned them up - no change. Then I realized it was coming from my old laptop. I leaned down by it and the noise defined itself into what sounded like the hard drive scratching along like mad. I almost freaked out because I though it was on its way to a critical drive failure when I realized it was... playing out a beat. Yup, my screen was closed and the teeny speakers were pumping out Mona Lisa Overdrive (Matrix II CD) in tinny tones.
So yea, scary, then funny, then stupid.
Whoops - scan's done. Back to work!