Before you Windows haters insult me I guess I should give you some specifics: Machine is a Wal-Mart a705w from 2004. Windows XP reinstalled from self made recovery disks. Installed aftermarket PCI video card. PCI-E doesn't run on this machine. Bumped up RAM to 756 mb. I think 1 Gig is the most this sucker can handle. 500 GB external HD used for storing all sorts of shit. Mostly airplane related stuff and movies as well as all the other stuff working couples accumulate. I use Comodo(edit) free Firewall and Anti-Virus as well as Open Office. "Google" em' and give em' a try. I highly recommend them. It's my experience that Windows slows down as I install and uninstall more and more programs on my P.C. Reinstalling Windows speeds up my system to as good as new and I usually do it every 6 months but it's been at least a year since I last did it. I tried to install Ubuntu in the computer in my garage and it never worked. Even with a lot of help from KittenKoder I still couldn't get it running right. Apples are more expensive than P.C.'s and less software is available for Macs'. It's that simple. OK, ask away. Or flame away! I can handle it!