It has been a week now since I did the clean install. The machine is still extremely quick compared to original. More importantly it is far more stable than it ever was. Which, funny enough, is why I always buy IBM's. Sadly, I do not understand why vendors insist on filling thier base image full of garbage apps. Regarless, the general performance is fantastic and I certinaly encourage anyone who buys an X41T to consider doing this right our of the box.
Talked to my Lenove rep this week. Told him about the clean install and wiping the service partition. He was surprized how much improvement there was and is going to have a peek at my machine during his next visit. On a seperate note, apparantly there is a driver fix for the streaking cursor on the horizon. I am still dealing with that on an intermittent basis which is a major frustration when it starts up in a lecture. However, that is a topic of a seperate thread.