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new laptop- is th HP 17-f061US a good option for me?

Hi, I am looking for advise on what laptop I should buy.

I currently have an HP DV-9000 laptop running windows XP (I have been using it for the past 6 years) and it runs ok, just the hinges are both cracked so it can no longer be folded closed and also the hard drive needs a reformat because it runs a bit slow and hasent been formatted in over 2 years. I was going to order new hinges but I figured maybe I will just buy a newer computer, since the technology has progressed over the past few years. Also I figured I use a laptop for so many things that I don’t mind investing in a new one. Things I use it for are for web surfing  (for my business) I do not play any games on it, so I don’t need a “gamers computer” but I do run quite a few programs on it, such as google chrome, firefox, Microsoft office apps,  some photo editing programs such as paint shop pro and photoshop  and I also often use dreamweaver for web design.

I purchased an HP Pavilion 17.3-Inch Laptop (17-f065US) and I got it on sale for $475 and it has a $50 mail in rebate. I saw it at the store and it said “touchscreen lcd” near the price but after purchasing I realized it is not the touch screen version, the touchscreen  sticker was incorrectly placed at the store by the wrong model. The touch  screen version is an extra $50 and has  the same specs as the non touch screen version. the model number  of the touch screen version is HP 17-f061US

I was thinking of exchanging it for the touch screen version, but figured I would make this post first because maybe someone has another recommendation that could suit me better. The only options that I would like to have (that this one does not have) is  Bluetooth built in, and also a backlight keyboard, but none of them are needed. Only would be nice if it came with it.

So is that a good deal or would someone be able to sugest another make / model of a touch screen laptop? Also I currently do not enjoy using windows 8.1, it has to many things that I dont know / dont care to learn about how to use. So it would also be nice to be able to downgrade it to xp if I can, but I dont know if that is possible with touch screen laptops or not. I know xp is no longer supported, but it sure runs cleaner then 8.1 so thats the only reason I would want to downgrade the OS.

Here is the link to the item on staples site direct  http://www.staples.com/HP-Pavilion-17-3-Inch-Laptop-17-f061US-/product_1065196

any advise is much appreciated!
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Thanks. I got the touch screen model!

I love large laptops, I dont move them arround much so I dont mind the size.

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@hydrive1902 - Thanks for the update and I was happy to help.