I know. You’ve had that operating system longer than you’ve had kids. You have been through four cars, two homes, three jobs and a dog while maintaining the same tried and true operating system. You managed not to get swept into the Windows Vista vortex, and you’re proud of it. Why stop now?
There are a lot of reasons to stop now. Technology has moved on without you. There are advances in hardware and new devices to be had that are not going to work with Windows XP. The supply of Windows XP drivers and applications is going to dwindle quickly now that Windows 7 is here.
There are also significant advances in the operating system itself. The evolution from XP, through Vista, to Windows 7 has resulted in a more secure operating system, greater functionality, and a more intuitive and user-friendly interface.
You can do it. Take a deep breath and make the switch. You can check to see if your existing hardware will support Windows 7 and do an upgrade from XP to Windows 7. If your computer is half as old as your operating system though, I would suggest you simply buy a new computer with Windows 7 pre-installed. Face it- you’re screwing up Moore’s Law by clinging to that old hardware.
I won’t lie to you. After using the same operating system for nearly a decade you are going to have a little bit of a learning curve. I will say this though- if you invest the time to familiarize yourself with the Windows 7 interface it will pay off and you will quickly come to love Windows 7.