Hi. I need to get a laptop this week. It will be used to surf the internet, check email, and use programs such as word, excel, and other accounting programs. All the new and cheap laptops that are out in stores right now come with 512MB of memory and Windows Vista. I have heard that Vista requires more memory, at least 1GB to not have the computer go slow. However, is 512MB enough if I do not use the computer for games, music, and video...? Also, if anybody knows of a good deal (at most $600) for a laptop online that comes with XP, that would be great. Since I am getting the laptop for a family member, it would be easier on me if it was XP as I would not have to try and explain how to use an operating system that I have not yet used.