From reading many threads on this site over the last year or so, I have been lead to beleive that 90% of the problems with XP appear to be from upgrades. I have not heard of many problems with XP on new machines with up to date hardware. You need specific advice regarding the spec of your computer and all it's drivers etc. I have had NO bother at all with a brand new machine with XP home and SP1. I would wait for all the advice and consider it carefully before going from the frying pan into the fire.