My long in the tooth Dell Dimension 8400 running XP (sp3) was not up to an\nupgrade without some significant upgrades. Though it was serving me well,\nit was becoming slower and slower. And, several vendors (Garmin, Microsoft,\n....) have abandoned support for it. So, I took a look at some of the\nEmployee discount options for a new Dell. I found a couple reasonable\noptions, and completed some additional research. I also looked at the Dell\nRefurb options. For me, the new Inspiron 3847 with 4th gen i5-4440, 12 gig\nDDR3, and 1TB 7200 SATA drive from the Employee Discount page was a good\nfit.\n\nI was tentative about the Win 8.1, but decided to give it a try before\nmaking a judgment. Coincidently, MS released the 8.1 Update while I was\nwaiting for shipment. I booted the new PC up with an old 19" LCD monitor I\nhad in my strategic reserves along with the wired keyboard and mouse that\ncame with the computer. I ended up on the Metro screen, but with an easy\noption to get to the desktop. As part of the start-up, Win 8.1 searched and\nfound the Update, loaded it and completed installation. I had to restart,\nand now the PC senses the lack of touch screen and starts on the desktop.\nTook me a while to re-install all my apps, but I am now very happy with the\nnew PC and new Windows. My system is a newer/faster version of my old\nsystem. Which is just what I wanted.\n\nNo question, no problem, just sharing satisfied customer experience.