In the past two months I have helped friends upgrade to new computers. They didn’t need anything fancy – just an i3 processor. One of the things I noticed was that both friends still had Windows XP running.
My new rule is this – if you have a computer with Windows XP installed, it’s time for a new computer. You will get faster everything and you won’t have the security risks of Windows XP. Win XP is not supported by Microsoft any more and you won’t get any of the upgrades – that’s just too sketchy in this day of security problems.
Since the jump from Win XP to Win 8.1 is too dramatic and confusing, we stayed with Windows 7. Hopefully, when Win 10 comes out, I can recommend it.
In the mean time, if you are still using an old Windows XP computer, it’s time to buy a new computer.
Caveat – this being said, I still have an computer which I use on a daily basis which still has Win XP installed. I also have Win 8.1 installed on the same computer, so it is dual-boot. If you have invested a fair amount of money in a computer and the only thing that is holding you back is Win XP, you can try the dual boot option.