Yeah, with so much different info available online I thought it would be best to ask before I erased everything on a computer. Glad I did.
That's odd about the AVG compatibility. According to CNET the listed compatible OS for AVG are Windows XP/Vista/7. Thanks for clarifying.
Also, this is the first I've heard of Open Office. Just skimmed over info on it. You're right in that I might as well switch. I'm not going to worry too much about having Microsoft Office on a $20 PC if viable freeware is available, you know?
Thanks again for the info. Any other tips that you might have will be appreciated before I start the install.