Thats right, Windows XP just turned 10 years old!! Windows XP has been a favorite for both techs and general computer users for 10 years now. Windows Vista never lived up to replace XP. It did have good points such as a much nicer looking interface, but instability (especially on systems not updated with sp2), driver issues, and slow boot and shut down times plagued Vista with the consumer. I feel that with Windows 7, we get the nice graphical interface that Windows Vista started with, and the stability that we came to know and like with Windows XP. Windows XP, while still being a stable operating system, is starting to show its age. Microsoft will no longer be putting out updates for the operating system, so instability issues will start to happen. You already are seeing hardware that only has drivers to work with Vista and 7. One thing that we notice here in the shop, is that the majority of computers we see in for virus removals are using Windows XP. Both Vista and 7 are inherantly more secure to viruses than Windows XP is. Another issue is that a good 99% of the computers we see with Windows XP, is the 32 bit edition. You really don’t see many systems built that had Windows XP 64 bit. The problem there is that to use more than 3.5 gigs of ram in a computer, you need a 64 bit operating system. Today even entry level computers are coming with 3 to 4 gigs of ram. So, should you run out and upgrade to Windows 7? If you are currently using Windows Vista, then I say do it. You will see nice performance and visual enhancements, along with a faster boot up and shut down. If you are running Windows XP, an upgrade won’t work, you will need to do a complete reinstall. In this case, with the price of computers, both laptops and desktops starting in the $299 range, we would most likely recommend purchasing a new computer. If needed, we can even transfer all of your data to the new computer in the Phoenix AZ area. For any other questions, see us for Computer Repair Phoenix AZ or Computer Repair Glendale AZ at Compudoc Computer Repair.