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Should I jump from XP to Windows 8?

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Deadly Ernest

Datapoint,

The concerns re current drivers for hardware are real, but not that big an issue IF the hardware was originally designed to use the Industry Standard Command Set and not a specific Microsoft Windows Command Set. If built to use a Windows Command Set out of the box then it needs drivers for anything except that version of Windows, if built to the Industry Standard Commands then it needs drivers for use in any version of Windows.

I have a colour laser printer that I bought in 1996 and was built to use the Industry Standard Command Set, it plugs in and works wonderfully with my current 64 bit Linux operating system - Zorin OS 5; 16 years old and still going strong. This just shows how important it is to check out on the out of the box compatibility of all your hardware