In around 1 year from now, XP support will officially come to an end meaning those of you still clinging onto your trusty XP will have to face a few stark realities.
Either continue using XP in the hope no new vulnerabilities are found, or take the plunge and upgrade to Windows 7, or worst still, buy a completely new machine. Now, depending on when you make the decision or when your budget will allow you to make a move, if you really can't stomach Windows 8 then the move will have to be quicker than a blink of an eye because there are only a handful of machine being sold currently with Windows 7 still installed, the vast majority of machines are now coming pre-installed with Windows 8.
Of course, if your machine is up to the job, you can purchase a Windows 7 disk any time you like but the reality is you could probably save another hundred quid or so and buy yourself a brand new laptop ... so, choices choices choices !! Question is, what will you be doing?