Well...I would not recommend a new system...for every little bump that anyone encounters when using a computer. Unless you are a gamer or want to do something that your current system does not facilitate...a working system is a good system.
The remarks about XP are a little off the mark, IMO. XP, supported or unsupported, is still the 2d-most used version of Windows. Per Desktops & Windows article:
"It's taken several years, but finally Windows XP, which launched in October 2001, has finally lost its second place position in the desktop PC market share to another operating system. The research firm Net Applications has posted its desktop OS market share numbers for June 2015, and it shows Windows 8.1 taking over that second place spot from Windows XP for the first time.
Net Applications, which collects its data by monitoring PC access to thousands of websites, says that in June, Windows 8.1 had 13.12% of the desktop PC OS market share worldwide. That's actually a jump compared to its 12.88% share in May. However, it was Windows XP, which is no longer supported by Microsoft, which saw a huge decrease, going down to 11.98% in June, well below its 14.60% share in May.
Windows 8.1 will have to settle for second place as it will likely never reach the number one slot. That's due to Windows 7 and its commanding market share of 60.98% in June, well above its 57.76% share in May. The older version of Windows 8 claimed 2.90% in June, a drop from its 3.57% share in May. Windows Vista had just a 1.62% share in June, below its 2.01% market share in May.
Windows 10 will likely dethrone Windows 8.1 as the second most used desktop OS in the near future, as Microsoft is allowing Windows 7 and 8.1 users to upgrade to the OS for free. It officially launches on July 29 but in June it only held a 0.16% share of the PC desktop market."
Of course, the biggest danger with using XP is the malware threat. It's not the inability to run applications, it's not the fact that XP suddenly cannot perform what an O/S is expected to eprform...it is the increased vulnerability of any system running XP...to malware, plain and simple. This vulnerability is real, just as such is real for all those users who still run older versions of Windows.
To pretend that it doesn't exist...is just plain foolish in today's malware environment.
Knowledgeable users...make risk assessments regarding the practices they employ with their systems. In essence, a risk assessment is just taking a realistic look at the items which can go wrong and disrupt or prevent further use of your computer systems.
If...all users made routine backups and practiced safe computing...the threat of system-loss due to malware or component-failure...would be mitigated. But the reality is that many users...do NOT prepare for the worst. These users treat their computers as if they were a simple appliance akin to a toaster, a TV, a radio...they flip the switch and expect it to work until it's time to be replaced....replaced because it no longer performs the simple tasks it was expected to accomplish and replacement is the cheap/easy/correct thing to do.
Many systems currently running some version of Windows...would be capable of running a linux distro quite easily and happily. Many systems which exhibit aged components...can have those components replaced much easier and more cheaply...than any suggestion of a new system would involve.
IMO...users need to become more aware of the opportunities for such actions...before they ever think about buying a new system...and then treating it with the same disdain which may have led to their incorrrect assessment that a new system would overcome/eliminate...all their "computer problems."
For the record, I dual-boot XP and Win 7 on 2 desktops currently, but I will cease using XP when I decide to stop participating in the XP forum at this website.
Edited by hamluis, 07 July 2015 - 09:20 AM.