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Should I jump from XP to Windows 8?

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You do really have to consider your existing peripherals when deciding whether to go with a 32 bit or 64 bit OS and whether you might need to buy new periperals if there are not 64 bit drivers available. Printers/scanners are notoriously problematic.

From Microsoft:
If I'm running a 64-bit version of Windows, do I need 64-bit drivers for my devices?
Yes. All hardware devices need 64-bit drivers to work on a 64-bit version of Windows. Drivers designed for 32-bit versions of Windows don't work on computers running 64-bit versions of Windows.

In addition, you should read this post in the Windows 7 forum regarding 32 bit vs 64 bit W7 OS decision: