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Should I jump from XP to Windows 8?

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By that logic, Vista should have been faster and more efficient than the last. At Vista's launch, and for about a good year or two, that was definitely NOT the case. I would suggest caution with Windows 8. You might start by downloading and installing the consumer preview, which is free and is a good way to get acquainted with the new OS. But like others have noted here, if you have an older machine, then neither Win 7 nor Win 8 are likely to run very well, if much at all, on your hardware. That said, Win 7 is a solid platform for both productivity and play. With Win 8, it's definitely a wait and see as to whether or not it will be MS's next OS flop/debacle (a la ME, Vista). Supposedly Win 8 will ship before the year's end, so we won't have long to wait before finding out.