I am looking to buy new laptops for myself and daughter and don't know whether to get xp or vista. I don't want to spend a lot of my budget getting more memory only to find that vista is using most of it, ( have heard that vista is memory hungry!) I am looking at laptops from dell as our main pc is a dell dimension and we've had it for 5 years now with the only problems being our own inexperience with all things pc!! the processor and memory on the ones I am looking at is
The choices are in fact still available, depends where you shop. I set up Vista for friends on their new pc, personally I do not like it, and my friends have grown to hate it. They are now thinking of changing to XP - they previously only had '98se.
I wouldn't bother about any camera, just get a card reader - much easier.
As for the OS, why go backwards. XP is history. As for the machine you are looking at, I would double the RAM. Also check on how much graphics memory there is. If you get Home Premium you may as well be able to run aero. You need 256mb.