My old XP box was getting a bit twitchy, and it's been several years since I bought a new computer, so I did a little research, talked to my brother-in-law, and headed to Office Depot. I bought a Toshiba Satellite C-55A and have spent the past hour setting it up and migrating the files from the old computer to the new one.
This is the first time I've changed computers before the old one crashed and burned, and I've got to say that the process is a lot easier when you can move files off a running machine. This laptop is running Windows 8.1, and it's going to take a little while to get used to it, but the learning curve isn't as bad as I thought it might be. I will say that the larger screen on this one is a lot brighter than the screen on the old computer.
Now, to install my favorite programs, and make sure that the printer is properly installed.