This is going to be my first post on this forum so I might as well make it count. Specifically, I need some good advice that takes into account the situation I am in. First and foremost, I truly appreciate all Apple products, however lately I have been asking myself whether the switch from a Macbook Pro (late 2009 mode, old I know), that I have set up basically as a desktop, to a Windows desktop computer is worth it. So, I'll lay out the situation and see what everyone thinks. First off, and probably most significant, is the fact that I am currently in law school. It did not take me long to realize that my tradition of handwriting notes was not going to cut it, so I decided to buy a cheap (and I mean cheap) Windows laptop that would serve simply as a note-taking computer. I purchased a $250 Asus laptop that only sees action when I am taking notes in MS Word. Recently I updated the MS Word on the Macbook Pro to Word for Mac 2011 as part of the Office 365 package that came with the Asus. I have noticed that I cannot get the format I need for documents in Word for Mac. Double spacing seems to be 2.5 spacing, and single spacing appeared more than single but less than 1.5. So, I went through the routine of checking the line spacing options (0 Before/After Paragraph, Don't add extra space between ¶'s of the same style, you name it...I tried it). I resorted to the next best thing. Trial and error. I ended up being able to save the document to Dropbox, open it on the Windows computer, open a blank doc on Windows, type some random words with the formatting I needed (double spaced text, single spaced footnotes), and then copy the entire doc from Dropbox, then after pasting into the blank file and getting the format I needed, I saved it again to Dropbox under a different name, opened it on the Macbook Pro in Word, and wa-la...it was there formatted exactly as I needed it to be. Hopefully you can see what a pain this was to figure out. Second, I know that I will not be using a Mac where ever I may be working. It took me a solid 2 weeks to learn the in's and out's of the Windows laptop I used for class. My point is, I would benefit in making the switch to an entirely Windows 8.1 world. In addition, my Macbook Pro is currently showing its age. From overheating after the Mavericks update (fixed with an SMC reset...twice), to not always recognizing the HDMI-Mini DP cord when connected to the monitor; I simply don't know how much longer my baby is going to hold out. Right now I am honestly terrified to try to open the Macbook for fear that the connection to the monitor will never be recognized again. What I am asking is this: Would you make the jump in to a Windows world? I would prefer not to spend the $599 for the Mac Mini much less the $1299 for a new Macbook Pro, only to have the same issues concerning Word and unfamiliarity with Windows in general. Also, because I have only been a Mac user I have no idea about the difference in processors with Windows desktops (Intel Core i3, AMD A4, etc.). All I know is that I can get a Dell Inspiron Desktop with 8gb of memory and a 1TB hard drive for around $450. Any advice would be helpful and thanks in advance for reading this long post.