Wow. Thanks for all of the information. I will definitely consider it. - possibly the last option.
I was mistaken about the problem with netbeans. It actually appears to run. However, when it gets to the point of actually installing the program to a directory, it gets an error: "Error: C:\Netbeans is not writable" It does this with any directory I choose or create.
I think this is a I'm running on a crippled version of Windows problem. I'm not going to reinstall Windows again, because I've probably done it 3 times since I've owned this version of Windows, and it's just too much trouble. ----Plus working 3rd shift now it makes it difficult to get anything done...... )
I'm going to wait until I get a new computer.
Well, thanks for all of your help guys.
And, I'm sure I'll have more questions in the future....lol.