So I assume everyone out there who used XP went to something newer years ago. Now I need to, since Micro$oft decided to make it obsolete. MY XP tower, which works perfectly, sits virtually idle while I type this on my wife's laptop. I thought about installing Ubuntu but didn't get very far. Hated it, and couldn't figure out how to partition the drive without losing XP. My machine, with under a gig of RAM and a slowish processor, isn't up to Windows 7. I suppose this means I'll need to buy a Windows 8 machine- yuck. Apple still appears way overpriced by comparison. And it'll need to be portable because my wife's laptop screen died and I had to buy her a monitor. No Windows 7 for me. I don't want to start life on a new machine with an OS that's already on the clock. So what do I need to get on my new laptop in order to keep it from going obsolete in five or six years? Does it absolutely need a (shudder) touch screen? Are 8 gigs of RAM enough? Do I need to spend the extra on the faster processor? Is the super-fine display like the one on the Lenovos important? I am not a gamer, video streamer, or any other sort of high capacity user. Any brands and models to to avoid or to look for? The more I read on the web, the more confused I get.