despite what you hear, a pretty decent operating system (although its probably not worth 200 dollars...). It works fine, its very n00b friendly, and all it takes to install a program is a double click. yes, it crashes (of course windows me crashes a lot more...). so does linux, mac, freebsd, solaris... all operating systems crash. People who complain about it crashing are people who try to tinker with it. windows isnt made for tinkering, otherwise it would be open source. you wanna mess with stuff get gentoo freebsd. i've leave my windows machine on for months and it works just as fine as my notebook with linux on it. if windows were as bad as linux zealots said then it wouldnt be able to be sold for 200 bucks.
almost anything you do in any operating system an be done in any other operating system. just get the one you think has the prettiest gui.
example must include the term microsoft windows