I need to update a previous post with a couple of points:
1. The laptop has been fixed with regards to the MS updates. Apparently, the computer received the user GPOs, and not the computer GPOs. A call to tech support fixed that.
2. I asked about the Gold Disks and Vista. It seems that testing military computers that run Vista will be a manual process for the near future. As it is, I haven't come across any Vista systems yet.