Hi Everyone! I'm a long time XP User that absolutely hates Vista.. to the point that even Macs are starting to look good! However I'm still uncertain on some things in terms of software. this is what I currently use my laptop for (A Vaio): watching avi's and other video files. using virtual drive programs like Daemon or magicISO ripping dvds emulation: snes, genesis, ps1, saturn, pc98, nes, gameboy advance occasional free mmorpgs: maple story (very occasional as I have no time these days) the typical web browsing,mp3 listening, skype chatting FTP and IRC Photoshop Excel, Powerpoint, Word (but I hate word 2007) google earth as for gaming.. I do it occasionally.. like CoD4 and Hitman.. I don't know if I do it occasionally because my Nvidia 7400 is slow and I have to run things at very low settings, taking away the appeal of the game, or if im not as interested in PC gaming all together.. I don't think I've ever owned anything that was mid-high end like an Nvidia 8600. I like real nice screens! Hard to come down from the screens used on a Vaio! but I'm just so fed up with Vista that i purposely downgraded to XP. i'm also a college student. It seems one of my friends can use torrent programs on the Mac and get away with it while window users are blocked.