There are two PCs I use a lot, One XP, one 7.
From what I can see 7 is the last Windows OS written for the older experienced user, the person used to menus, to things being in a certain place. But it is still just a step too far (I had to upgrade Paint to a version with menus)
I will admit I detest ribbon menus, I detest icon only menus, What does the frying pan do? What does the combine harvester do?
My XP PC is almost like an old friend. I know where everything is, I can dive in deep and fix things, I can run any software I want. WIth the embedded registry fix it is supported as long as the 7 PC.
There is a 8.x PC at work, no one wants to use it, Nothing is where you expect. It just winds us up.
Anyway I built 2 x 7/Mint PCs last year, Linux was easier to get SSD ready, Mozilla software was easy to make dual usable, shared contents and settings. I learnt enough about Linux to not feel lost.
So I put a little 1/2 Terabyte drive in the XP PC and installed the latest version of Mint, that was pretty easy and it works well. On the Windows side the willitrun .exes from MS just sit there doing nothing.
Anyway XP is quad core, plenty of RAM, 2TB of HDD so I checked the specifications.
There is one thing missing from the CPU is NX support, and this is a recent one, released around the time of Vista.
So looks like that PC will have to stay XP or Linux. But is it right that I would be happy with a new version of Windows which worked like 2000 or XP?