Windows 10 promises to be a much better, customizable version and a better mix of Windows 7 and Windows
8.1. It will be FREE to all Windows 7/8.1 users.
Windows 8.1 is now available, as of Oct 17, 2013 as a FREE downloadable update from the Microsoft store with full retail store release on October 18, 2013.
Windows 7, is now the preferred operating system. It just works. If you have a taste for the latest and greatest, Windows 8.1 is a combination of Windows 7 and a smart phone.
Support for Windows XP will end on April 8, 2014, which includes automatic updates. Consider upgrading to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.
An unsupported version of Windows will no longer receive software updates from Windows Update. These include security updates that can help protect your PC from harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software, which can steal your personal information. Windows Update also installs the latest software updates to improve the reliability of Windows—new drivers for your hardware and more.