Migrating off Windows XP Professional SP3 to ?
January 18, 2014 9:14 AM Subscribe
Windows 7 Professional or Windows 8?
Microsoft is ending support for XP in April, so an upgrade is probably advisable.
IT professionals and software engineers of Metafilter: what do you suggest?
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The System: A late 2006-date stamped Dell Optiplex 745, Windows XP SP3, 4 Mb RAM, Intel Core2 CPU 6300 @ 1.86 GHz, Hard Drive = 74 GB capacity w/ 45 GB free space. (And it runs like a top.)
Microsoft's Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor suggests that an upgrade to 7 shouldn't be a big deal; the Windows 8 Upgrade Advisor suggests more work will be involved but an upgrade is doable.
Competency details: I am highly technically adept, and have never been defeated by the Evil Empire (i.e., Microsoft) or its minions since the invention of the PC. Taking computers (and other things) apart and putting them back together has never been more than a routine task when it has been necessary for upgrades or repairs. Figuring out software problems and finding workarounds (or working with programmers to do so) is also something I've always been comfortable and successful doing.
That all having been said, I have better things to do with my time, and do not keep up with computer technology as a hobby or beyond what it necessary for practical, functional purposes. It is also probably worth noting that I have absolutely NO formal training in either hardware or software.
The gossip around Windows 8 has not been good; that around Windows 7 seems better. The general consensus seems to be that Windows 7 Professional is the way to go. My gut leans toward Windows 7 Professional.
However, Microsoft REALLY wants people to move to Windows 8, and a legal purchase of genuine Windows 7 seems hard to find. Microsoft is no longer offering it directly. Amazon sells two versions of OEM Windows 7 Professional: one package with one disc (for ~$148) and another with 3 for ~ 3x the price, but it isn't clear what the difference is. People on Ebay and elsewhere offer versions, but I imagine some of these are a bit dodgy.
As much as I hate to wave bye-bye to XP, it is probably time. Your advice and suggestions would be very much appreciated!