OK, so I'm thinking about acting brash and moving on from windows xp.
I'd like to spend a minimal amount of money doing it.
I'm particularly looking at the most economical way to do it.
Might prefer to go to win7 vs win8, but will go with whatever I can do cheapest.
Its pretty complicated with all the versions and ways to buy it.
Are there special deals to find? Are deals more likely to come up for 7 or 8?
I'm open to buying a legitimate disc on ebay or downloading direct from microsoft.
complications: while I want to spend the least amount of money, might consider buying a whole computer or central components, (cpu,ram,mb),
if I can get a real good deal with win7 or win8 included. I would only want to spend a few hundred dollars though for the whole thing.
I'm running a fairly old core2duo system w 4 gigs, that actually isn't even completely stable during long gaming sessions, but its good enough for me still.
Also I'm cautious about getting an OEM version as I am likely to want to upgrade my computer within a couple years if not sooner.
My video card is a nvida GTS 450, which I find sufficient and not in a rush to upgrade.
Of course there is also the old thinkpad running xp.
I won't worry about that one, unless of course I can get a deal on 2 or 3 copies i cant turn down.