Not to worry, this PC is still chugging along just fine (knock on wood). But since most of my computers self-destruct after a couple of years, I'm just thinking ahead.
I consider getting a Mac next time. After all, there's no worrying about viruses with those. And everybody says they are so cool. But at my age, I don't like learning new things; I like the tried and true. And I'd probably drive my daughter crazy asking her questions like, "What do I do next?"
Besides, Macs are pretty darned pricy.
Would I be able to transfer all my precious pictures and music to a Mac? Could I do all the fun stuff I enjoy on a Mac?
Probably not. So then there's the Windows Vista issue, which presents many of the same questions.
"Will my external hard drive work with Vista?"
"Will my pictures and documents transfer?"
"Am I going to have to learn a lot of new stuff with Vista?"
If given the choice, should I buy a computer with the Windows XP that I know and love installed, or should I take the latest thing available and make myself get familiar with Vista?
Oh well, hopefully I have plenty of time before I'm forced into this decision. I'm just planning ahead because, you know, Cliff got a seventy-seven-cent-per-hour raise this week. And somebody has to help him spend it. (As if the cost of living hadn't already soaked it up.)