Should I upgrade to Windows 8 or just wait until I get a new computer? If you bought a Windows 7 computer between June 2, 2012 – present, then yes, since the upgrade is only $15. For Vista / XP / 2000 users, just wait to buy a new computer that has Windows 8 on it. Otherwise, the cost of the software, install time, and extra time to make sure software and peripherals are compatible are just not worth it. Windows 2000/XP users will have to perform a complete backup of their computers and then install Windows 8 from scratch. Not worth it. Vista users can perform a Windows 8 upgrade although programs and settings will have to be installed and configured.
Should I upgrade from Windows 7 to 8? Price-wise, the $15 – $40 upgrade makes sense. For tech bleeding-edge enthusiasts, you’ll be sure to love the Metro-style interface. If you have a touch-screen tablet, it’s a no-brainer since Windows 8 was conceived for the major purpose of enhancing touch-screen tablets and laptops.
I have an older printer. Will Windows 8 work with it? The rule of thumb here is if your printer is from the ol’ Windows XP heyday, then no. If it is Windows Vista / 7 compatible, then it should be compatible. But, if your printer is that old, isn’t time that you replace it?
I love Windows 7. Will Windows 8 be a tough learning curve? Yes! A dramatic one with tiled squares. As of now, finding the start and shutdown buttons are not self-intuitive! If you’re from the old dog that doesn’t want to learn new tricks category, don’t go full steam ahead here! There is a whole new user interface as well as a familiar desktop mode that you’ll have to play with.