Thanks guys, but 7lite doesn't work with Windows Vista. The recovery partition on the laptop installed all that unnecessary crap when I did reinstalls, so I wiped the drive clean and reinstalled Vista from my DVD and used the laptop key for it. However, applying all the latest updates through "Windows Update" is just a pain in the arse! No kidding, I could have actually flown from Atlanta to LA and back and my laptop would have STILL been updating!
Slipstreaming is the way to go! No doubt about it! I'll just have to find some reliable info on how to do this. I was able to do it with XP, but Vista may be more complicated.