+ 0 Votes you might be stuck on xp databaseben Updated - 2 years ago if the computer has been running xp, then it may not be able to run win7 or win8. check with the computer's manufacturer to see if there are new drivers for your old machine that are compatible with the new o.s. - but it is highly doubtful that there will be any. if not, then your only option will be to buy / acquire a newer machine engineered for the newer o.s.'s. also, there is no upgrade scenario from xp. in other words, the new o.s.'s will have to be installed on a clean hard disk (per se). so to this end, i would not format your xp drive. instead install the new o.s. on a separate partition or secondary hard drive. lastly, your old printers, peripherals and old software may not run on the new o.s.'s as well, because most software and hardware manufacturer's have stopped providing free updated drivers and software updates for use on newer o.s.'s. for them, there is no money in providing free updates. instead, the revenue they generate comes from providing newer equipment and software that are compatible with the mainstream o.s.'s on the shelves. + 0 Votes From a business point of view.... dandaman2234 1 year ago Windows 7 has now been available to the public since 2009, service pack 1 was released a while back and numerous other updates have also been made available. Its safe to say the OS is fairly rock solid (although not as solid as XP). I wouldn't go straight to Windows 8 as your bound to come into some problems as its fairly fresh on the market - go with Windows 7 Pro 64 bit Edition - Adobe CS will be compatible and stable whether you have the 32 or 64 bit version - Windows 7 is the safer bet. + 6 Votes Well right now Microsoft is offering OH Smeg 2 years ago Buy a 7 System and get a free upgrade to 8. As I'm not involved in this offer I have no idea what it actually covers so you could buy a 7 Ultimate and end up with a 8 Home Basic. Col + 7 Votes XP > W7 = Good Move DataPoint1976 2 years ago If it were me, I would buy a new system (desktop/laptop) with W7 OS installed. W7 is a very solid workhorse OS and will be supported for many years! You then have to decide if you want the 32 bit or 64 bit W7 OS. Of course if you want to take advantage of all the 64 bit OS goodness with more available memory etc. you will also have to upgrade your applications software to 64 bit versions to take full advantage or just go with the 32 bit W7 OS and keep your present app software. I tried the W8 Consumer Preview and did not like it for a non-touch based system. On the other hand, as mentioned earlier, Microsoft has a special deal going on where you can buy a W7 system now and later have the option to switch (notice I did not say upgrade) to W8 if you are so inclined. I think W8 is going to be very nice OS for new tablet hardware, but not on "my desktop" from my experience using W8 CP. Perhaps with a W9 release in a couple of years the intended convergence of the desktop/notebook/tablet/phone via the Metro UI will happen as it is even more refined and supported. I just don't see any need to displace W7 on a mouse driven desktop/laptop PC via W8. I think your productivity would suffer using W8's touch centric OS with mouse driven hdw and tiled metro interface. Not having a touch monitor seems to inhibit easy swipe scrolling via W8. I find it quicker to navigate via the W7 start menu Vs W8 tiles & search method. Plus, if you go multi-monitor W7 offers a much better experience using multiple windows with possibility for several open applications to view and work amongst. W8's multi-monitor support seemed almost non-existent, at least with W8 CP. These are just my opinions, YMMV. + 3 Votes Clarification of original question reesa 2 years ago This is some great advice. Thanks. Just to clarify my original question, when I said I'm preparing to "upgrade my Win XP computer," I meant that I will be buying a new computer. I will look into this Win 7 offer from Microsoft. Sounds like that could be a great option for me. + 2 Votes Go for it. a.portman 2 years ago Buy a new computer wi7 and the free 8 upgrade. BEFORE shutting down your old computer, recover any product keys from your old software. Adobe has a tool that uninstall the license key so you can reuse it. Belarc Advisor http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html can tell you what you have loaded. Make sure you have an install path for loading you current programs onto your new computer. If you go 64 bit, you may want to go with the 64 bit of your applications to take better advantage of the chip. Belarc will also list out any free programs you have loaded. You will want them too. Make sure to back everything up to transfer to the new computer. + 4 Votes Go with Win 7 sneymeyer 2 years ago Just my opinion but go with Win 7 and 64 bit if possible. I doubt you will be disappointed. Approach Win 8 with caution. I just see no reason to use it on a non-tablet device. + 1 Votes Should I jump from XP to Windows 8? retheesh.r18 2 years ago agreed with sneymeyer. better option is to go with Win 7 64 bit. system should have minimum 4 GB RAM + 0 Votes XP > 7 Aleksiev.Boris 2 years ago I am ready for win 7 PC but prefer windows xp + 0 Votes Speed, simplicity, an advantage of applications Aleksiev.Boris 2 years ago Speed, simplicity, an advantage of applications + 0 Votes Are you getting a system with a touch screen? Deadly Ernest Updated - 2 years ago Windows 8 is designed and optimised for use with a touch screen and is has huge difference in the way the Graphics User Interface looks, feels, and works you need to be aware of that. If what you're thinking of getting is a touch screen tablet or you use a touch screen tablet or smart phone a lot, then it won't be much of a change to go to Windows 8, if you don't use such a system a lot, get prepared for a case of culture shock. However, don't forget that there are other options to going for the latest Microsoft offering as well, one of them may be better suited for you, that will depend on what you see as your mission critical software. Also, not all software that runs on Win XP will run on Win 8 or even Win 7, you should check that out first as well.