Not too difficult:
Replace old (XP) PC because it's really not getting the job done anymore.
New PC/Laptop comes with Win8 flavour.
Cursing and frustration ensues.
Look into the comments about Win8, and the Promised Land of Win10 around the corner.
Get Handy Cousin to install XP until Win10 arrives **
You'd expect Win7, but XP simply has more "This one will work" codes in the wild.
(** or swap in old harddisk, or any variety)