On April 8th 2014 Microsoft will stop supporting Windows XP with critical security updates. This will make running XP quite dangerous due to security exploits and bugs that will be discovered but not patched. Many users are considering upgrading to Windows 7.
To check if your computer and devices are compatible with upgrading to Windows 7, you can download the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor by clicking here. This tool will run on your current Windows XP computer and let you know if any incompatible hardware or programs are found and give you suggestions on what you can do to resolve them.
You can purchase an upgrade edition of Windows 7 by going to many major retail stores and looking for software labeled Windows 7 Upgrade. The price should be anywhere from $89 to $149 depending on retailer. The edition most popular is Windows 7 Home Premium. If you’re using Windows XP to connect to your company’s work network, you should purchase Windows 7 Professional. Upgrading is as simple as following the CD’s instructions, but it is always a good idea to backup your hard drive before you upgrade just in case something goes wrong.
P.S. Don’t worry about support for Windows 7 now that Windows 8 is out, Microsoft has promised extended support until January 14th 2020.