On 05/14/2010 10:20 PM, email@example.com wrote: > I started with computers back in the 80's. My first computer was a > XT, with a b&w monitor, no harddrive, and ran on some 5inch floppies. > Back then they were pretty slow and lacking in features. I booted > with Dos, and went on some local BBSs on a 300 baud modem. Really > frikkin slow. But I still recall the excitement when I could download > some program that would show me a view of the world, and make the > globe rotate, or use a real basic wordprosessor, which was little more > than a typewriter. > <snipped for brevity> I'm an old timer who started out with computers back in the punch card days but by 1982 I got away from computers and did not return until 1999. By the year 2000 I was running Win98 and Linux (Red Hat) As I upgraded my hardware and software I settled in on XP and had no problems with it until I got hit with a root kit even though I took all the normal safety precautions. At that time I switched over to Linux as my full time OS. Since it takes about the same amount of resources as XP I have been able to get off the hardware upgrade merry-go-round. Yep I tired both Vista and Win7 and they just barely ran on my machine which just a few years ago would have been considered "top of the line" If I were you I'd keep on using the version of Windows that works best for you...but consider dual booting and going with Linux. Little by little you can migrate over to it.