Updating from xp to window 7
Shopping around online you can pick up a boxed DVD version of Windows 7 Home Premium for around £50.This is the OEM or 'original equipment manufacturer' version.
It will tell you if you need to update your drivers or apps to make them work in 7. Make a copy of your hard drive, just in case things go horribly wrong.
Some folks who apparently have a pile of operating systems discs have proposed that one could upgrade from XP to Vista, then from Vista to Windows 7, but I think that's insane.
Most PC experts will recommend you start fresh and "pave" your machine anyway.
In many cases, your easiest option will be simply to buy a new PC with a more up-to-date version of Windows preinstalled – especially if your current system dates from the early years of Windows XP.
But if that doesn’t suit, there are several other options for a Windows XP system that’s reaching the end of the line.