Office 97 while not supported does run fine. Surely you could upgrade to at least Open Office for free since you must be upset with having to work with others that send you files you can't open in Office 95?
"s it possible just to uninstall Vista and install XP if I can get my hands on a CD? I do have an XP recovery CD that came with my current laptop, though I'm not sure that would work.
Is this an easy process?"
This is no harder than it was in the past. You just read HOW TO INSTALL XP TO A SATA DRIVE on google then collect all your drivers before you start. Nothing has changed as to hard or easy. It's the same as it was 6 years ago.
I'm to the point where I need to look into getting a new laptop for school. Problem is that I'm not sure I want Windows Vista. I'm on a tight budget and if I were to get Vista, I would also need to buy Microsoft Office and Photoshop Elements again because my versions (from my research) will not work with Vista. I haven't even started to look into my other programs that probably won't work either (Quickbooks, Quicken, etc).
Anyway, if I do buy a new laptop with Vista, is it possible just to uninstall Vista and install XP if I can get my hands on a CD? I do have an XP recovery CD that came with my current laptop, though I'm not sure that would work.
Is this an easy process? Or am I better off going to TigerDirect and buying an XP machine?