There are PCs with Windows XP out there
I bought my Lenovo (IBM) N200 with a stock Windows XP Professional. It was shipped overnight (for free) and the packaging is the only thing I had any gripes with - they didn't double box it so I wasn't a happy camper BUT I am using the laptop to type this and I am really glad I did NOT get Vista.
You can upgrade most laptops easily (or the place you buy them from will do it for a bit more). Getting as much memory as you can afford will just save you from having to get it later.
I have firewire, wireless, modem, external port for a monitor, and four USB ports - one left and three right. Of course built in networking and a widescreen 15 inch isn't bad for $599.00
The ONLY thing I do NOT like about this computer are the junky speakers, but if you hook up a headset or computer speakers that's not a deal breaker at all - it hasn't been for me.
I use a mouse unless I am traveling then the touchpad isn't bad - this model does not have a pointing stick but I didn't use one before so I don't miss it.
Newegg is a great vendor, if you choose to buy there, just do a search or call them and tell them you want to buy a laptop under some many dollars with such and such features. Not all of them speak perfect English, but it's a very inexpensive way to get good computer equipment.
If you have questions about a website that you find - check out resellerratings.com - not all websites are there, but the best of the best AND the worst of the worst are there with REAL people ratings. I've rated stores there myself and it always pays to do your homework, which is why you came here, right?
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