Thanks for all the advice, guys. It looks like I will be ok. The main reason I'm upgrading is my old XP is getting bogged down. It needs a clean install but instead I'm adding a SDD and a clean install of Win 8. It's going to take a long time to get all the stuff I feel I need onto win 8 and I will be very frustrated and need a way to get something I need by booting my old XP. One of the main programs I'm concerned about is AutoCad 2000. I had a hard time getting it to run in XP and didn't want to chance it not working in Win8. I build RC model airplanes and I use autocad to draw the plans. My SSD is due in next Wednesday so that's when I'll find out how much trouble I'm in.

Thanks again,