Dell has created a very affordable, dependable laptop with the dell ipspiron 2200. This computer came complete out of the box and ready for use. You can have optional windows software preinstalled if you so choose at the time of ordering.
After 2 years of every day use and abuse, this laptop, or notebook, has had absolutely no problems. The weight of the unit is a little on the heavy side, but the upgradeability more than makes up for any downfalls.
The 15 in screen has a very downsides, the resolution is not as crisp as some of its competitors. It can blurr occasionally (twice in two years) during rapid movement high memory games. But that can easily be fixed by upgrading to either a better video card or the 17 inch screen.
All in all, this laptop is a steal when it comes to the cost of the machine, and the performance that it can handle.