Originally Posted by WELDRWOMN
Plus, my hubby has his own behemoth of a system in case mine quits.
Good! I suggest you read up on using a Mac, such as what programs you'll have to get to replace the ones you currently use - simple enough really. I believe you may occasionally run into a program that doesn't have an installer (more for stuff in beta testing), but that's easy enough to handle.
Vista's a load... Many say that Windows 7 is looking better, but it will have the same issues every new OS that Microsoft puts out has. Driver issues and released before major flaws are taken care of. A lot of other virus issues can be avoided by avoiding Norton.
I did run windows for years, and DH still does (for games). We've been lucky - or maybe I'm paranoid enough to prevent problems.
In any case, I can understand you getting tired of it (and HP too!). I switched to linux.
I hope the old laptop can be fixed. Since it will be getting windows back on it, I suggest you look up how to lighten it up and secure it so that your in-laws really will be getting a gift.