Windows XP won’t be officially supported for much longer.Sure, you could keep using it — it won’t just stop working one day.

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New computers come with Windows 8, and your local PC store probably doesn’t sell Windows 7.

If you want to get a boxed copy of Windows 7 to upgrade to, you may want to get it online — boxed copies of Windows 7 are still sold on websites like Amazon, although you probably won’t find them in many PC stores.

Windows 8: Windows 8 can be rather awkward on traditional PCs without touch screens, especially at first. It actually offers many desktop features that are an upgrade over Windows 7 and you can hide much of the new “Modern” environment.

Here are your options: Windows 7: If you’re still using Windows XP, there’s a good chance you won’t want to go through the shock of upgrading to Windows 8.

Windows 7 isn’t the latest, but it’s the most widely used version of Windows and will be supported until January 14, 2020.

Even today, many businesses are upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7 — not Windows 8.

If you’re a typical home user, getting Windows 7 may take a bit of extra footwork.

We’ve already explained why it’s time to let go of Windows XP and what will happen when Microsoft finally stops supporting it on April 8, 2014. It doesn’t support modern hardware properly and it isn’t as secure as modern versions of Windows because it doesn’t have User Account Control and other modern security features.

(Forget what you may have heard about UAC in the Windows Vista days — it’s better now.) As time goes on, Windows XP will become increasingly insecure and both hardware and software vendors will stop supporting it.