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I have XP Pro which suits me fine. My dilemma is that Microsoft support ends 8/2014 & now Windows 8 has been released. It is a touchy kind of thing while I am used to a keyboard. In addition I learned that my printer & scanner are supported (drivers) by their respective manufacturers for Windows 7 only. So going for 8 would mean additional cost for me.

So I was thinking of purchasing a full copy of Windows 7, putting it on the shelf for now. Then when XP support ends, buy a new system & replace its operating system with the Windows 7 I purchased. Someone told me that that might not work as computers are built to use the current operating system not older ones.

Would my plan work or is there a better one?
 

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Just about any scanner or printer that has W7 drivers supplied by manufacture has inbuilt drivers in W8

By teh time XP support ends in 2 years time, computers are likely to have moved on quite a bit and although W7, might work on them, it is very likely that much of the current hardware being sold at that time will not have W7 drivers, so it is a big risk to take
 

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EDI|T: dvk01 - replied while I was typing :) with the same message

Someone told me that that might not work as computers are built to use the current operating system not older ones.
well, we have found that on new hardware - there are no drivers to support the older windows system - so people who have purchased pcs with windows 7 on, have been unable to go back to XP or even vista
not sure how/if this will apply to windows 8 and the ability to go back to 7

In addition I learned that my printer & scanner are supported (drivers) by their respective manufacturers for Windows 7 only.
it maybe possible that windows 8 drivers do become available - also what type of printer is it as all-in-ones are quite cheap , and cheaper than buying windows 7 - unless its a specialised printer/scanner you are using ?
 

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According to this article OEMs will be able to sell PCs with Windows 7 for two more years.

If you don't use Windows 7 now why are you so concerned about using it in the future? I prefer Windows 7 to Windows 8 (except for 8's faster boot time), but I have been using 7 for three years. If I were going straight from XP to Windows 8 I wouldn't miss the gadgets or the see-through windows borders. And there are few other noticeable differences except for the Start screen vs. Start menu (which is not that big an issue) and the additional Windows 8 Style UI (or whatever today's name is for "Metro").
 
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