So far, perhaps because of the 'holiday period' I have not had any really intense contact with the shop where this comp. was built, but next week I shall return, machine in tow, looking for a resolution to everything. I have to say, it's utterly ruined the photographic experience and even the imagined benefits of a more powerful outfit have not materialised to any noticeable degree.
I had no gripe with XP at all - it, like my version of PS, did far more than I was either capable of using or interested in exploring; I wanted/want the closest digital experience to the wet photography (no shower suggestions, please) experience with which I am comfortable, and had few complaints with XP until the machine went nuts. I'm amazed that since ordering the new one, the old one developed a new lease of life! Nevertheless, I still want the new machine and will keep the old as insurance.
Apart from photography, all I need is the ability to write letters and send/receive e-mail. I don't even bank with the damned things.
Oh - if the shop won't do an exchange to W7, are there any new reasons why using my immaculate, original XP CD to install XP is not a bright idea, bearing in mind my limited needs from computers? I don't seek upgrades, just hope for online security and no more money down the toilet!
Next week the new year really begins!