This is downright strange.
Over the holiday weekend I blitzed Vista off of my mini and completely reinstalled it using the same Vlite disk I made. I then installed the dell drivers from before. Now the two "Base System Devices" are gone and everything shows green. Say whaaaaaaaat? I don't know how but either a driver didn't "take" properly before or I somehow missed a step previously because everything is working again with zero "missing" components this time. The windows experience rating even works right out of the gate now without needing to be poked into functioning.
However I do notice that I now have less free space on my 32gb ssd
than I had before. Before I had roughly 20gb free out of the est. 29 gig formatted size. This time around I have 17.5gb free. Nothing changed... I used the same install disk, same drivers, same everything. I even reinstalled chrome and AVG like last time. Heck, last time I even had Steam and Ultimate Doom installed and it still showed more ssd
space free than this time.