TG Daily - Windows 7 boots fast enough for normal people. Some of my readers have questioned my sanity because I am staying with XP Professional as an OS. I have no quarrel with those among you who are upgrading to Windows 7, or buying new machines with 7 preinstalled. In fact, if and when I buy a new machine, I will look for one with 7. However, I just got a duplicate Dell D430 for $260 on Ebay. It will serve as an admirable backup for my current one; both of them are running fine, thank you very much. And, I spent less on the second computer than a new copy of Windows 7 will cost me. The backup comes with Windows XP Professional pre-installed, and I really don't care whether it takes 1 minute or 5 minutes to boot. The speed I am looking for was gained by my adding a 1 Gigabyte memory stick to the new Dell. Cost? $20. I actually enjoy the extra couple of minutes it takes to boot my XP computer; I contemplate my navel, work on my putting stroke, get another cup of coffee, and visit the bathroom. (I know, TMI). Why are we all in such a hurry to get through life? The older I get, the more I want it to last. So, young Turks. Have patience, please. That slow loading Windows XP operating system will allow you to practice some meditation and lower your blood pressure, if you let it.