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The Windows XP upgrade question: Windows 7 or Windows 8?

Jared Newman | April 7, 2014
Ready or not, it's time to move on from Windows XP. Here's how to choose your next operating system.

Also, if you're just now migrating from Windows XP, perhaps you're not the type who likes to upgrade often. Keep in mind, then, that Windows 7's extended support ends in January 2020. Windows 8 offers extended support until 2023, so you'd have an extra few years before we have to repeat this whole exercise.

Finally, some older Windows XP machines might not even be able to run a modern operating system. If you have a PC that doesn't meet the Windows 7 or Windows 8 system requirements—be careful with those little details!—check out our guide to easy, lightweight Linux operating systems designed to allure to Windows XP refugees.

 

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