Originally Posted by nikon133
By the way, since you have free MS antivirus and firewall, you don't really need 3rd party software.
Please! I have a Lenovo laptop running XP and just about every time I plug it into a public network at a customer or potential customer's location, I wind up with viruses and/or spyware. And that's aside from the fact that the OS is so slow to boot, I have to start the machine when I'm in my office, put it to sleep and then take it to the client's location. Otherwise, half the meeting is over before I can use the laptop.
Maybe Win7 is better (and I sincerely hope it is), but the particular combination of hardware and OS on the machine I have is so bad, if I don't absolutely need the computer, I bring a (paper) notebook instead. And that laptop originally had Vista. That was such a disaster, I had it amputated. It was like a car that took 20 minutes to start the ignition and then only drove at 14 miles per hour. And while driving at 14 miles per hour, it would constantly block the windshield by putting up signs that asked you really stupid questions that you had to respond to. It was sort of like hitting the brake and having the car ask, "Are you absolutely sure you want to hit the brake? Because hitting the brake suddenly might be dangerous." And then you say "yes", but it takes a few seconds for the message to disappear and for the brakes to work.