gzt: Getting anything with 2GB ram is pointless and will lead to early frustration and replacement.
4GB is a practical minimum for Windows 7/8 for good performance and usability with common applications and internet use. If you have to buy a 2GB machine - get the vendor to install another 2GB before shipping.
Some low end Intel processors support only 2GB of RAM maximum!! Really strange but true - it is a hardware requirement to get a cheap operating system license from Microsoft to hit the lower price points. Avoid.
gzt: That's good - Personally I didn't know about the limitation on some Intel atom procs until it came up on geekzone a couple of weeks ago.
dman: He sounds like a perfect candidate for a Chromebook.
See what I wrote about it in the other thread: