Question /opinion for computer Dopers. Here’s the deal: I’ve been running Win2000 at home. It worked fine for what I need (web browsing, word processing, CD ripping, occasional spreadsheet, a few games), and I didn’t have to spend bucks at newegg upgrading everything, leaving more money for beer and por^X^X^X kitchen remodeling funds.
But sadly, some software has stopped supporting Win2K, so I’m going to have to upgrade. I can get a minor deal on Windows 7, or find a used copy of WinXP. Here’s where the SDMB hive-mind input comes in: Is there any reason not to go right for W7? Would I need more than the current 1MB of memory? (For that matter, would W7 sneer at the five-year old CPU and stage a job-site-slowdown in protest?)
Would XP be any better as far as being happy with the Bush-Administration-era hardware? And finally, I’ve glanced at Craigslist for WinXP, and most of the ads are selling OEM Dell disks (w/keys). Is the Dell XP version customized enough that I want no part of it on my generic system?
[No need to sell me on Linux. Had I a few spare weekends to learn it, and then another few spare weekends to learn how to get my little games running on it, and another spare weekend to iron out file compatibility isssues, I’d be on it like a banker on a bonus, and revelling in that sweet, sweet command line power. But I don’t, so the MS-independence project is on hold for now]