I have emerged from the Windows 8.1 jungle, and surprizing enough the journey turned out not to be as dificult as expected. There are a number of tutorials on line that give a basic understanding, and once you understand how to access a few commands the self learning curve in not steep. There is still much to explore but that will come in time.
My wife prompted me to purchase a new computer because she was tired of hearing me swear and complain about the freeze ups and slow speed of my old machine that I had purchased in 2006. At Walmart I found a HP Pavilion 500-223 with 8GB DDR (whatever that is) and 1TB harddrive that cost just under five hundred dollars. As computers go that is not expensive - but to me that is a lot of money.
I did not realize how antiquated my old machine was until I began to use the Pavilion. The speed is amazing and the apps that come installed give a whole new meaning to the world wide web.
The only thing lacking is a good word processor. Word Pad could meet all my needs except it has no spell checker which leaves my writings looking like Bubba script.
The computer comes with Internet Explorer and Bing. Google Chrome was such a pain in the ass on my old machine that I hesitate to down load, so will probably run without it for the time being.
Out of the jungle and unscathed but still leery of what may still be hiding under the dark canopy wating to waylay me aroung the next river bend.