Your idea of "poverty" and other's idea of poverty are probably two different things. $100? $100?? Really? I already have an OS. Why whould I spend $100+ dollars on something I already have and works well for me and a lot of people. We have 100,000 employees at work and most are still on XP. And, yes, my computer was made a bit before 2005. Why would I need a lot more just to type a few letters, respond to online posts like this and to surf the WEB? As a security expert, I can easily handle the security for my system. No, I don't use free stuff. I'm rather limited as to what I can VPN into work with. I have an old NETBOOK, perfect size and what I need it for, and it might be able to run the sampler version of Windows 7 but it came with XP and there is no real benefit to going to Win 7. I tried WIN 8 at work and, yes, I did get "used to" it as some imply (I used a volume license). But, I still don't like it and really don't want to be part of the crowd sending a message to Microsoft that I like this new direction for them. You statement that XP is "inherently insecure", well, let's say I'd like to see your source for that. What makes Win 7 more secure? Be specific? I really would like to know what you read and where. I don't use Microsoft's MSE; I use Symantec's, which is way more secure than Microsoft's. Want my source? Try Gartner. Mine is not clunky and slow, considering all things equal. Yes, if you buy a brand-spanking new PC with 8 cores and 1 gb of memory on the graphics card and 8 GB minimum of RAM and it comes with Windows 8, yes it will run rings around my old Dell dimension. But is that because of WIN 8? or newer hardware? The point is I accept the performance of my system for what it needs to do. If I do buy a new machine (because this one breaks or I need to do new things), then I'll see what it comes with. Maybe I'll downgrade it. I don't know yet.
In case you didn't know, here is what it takes to go from XP to Windows 7 or 8:
1) You can't really upgrade windows; you have to kind of wipe it out and then reload software.
2) One needs to run Microsoft Upgrade Assistant first. Maybe you can't run Windows 8 Super Ultimate on your hardware.
3) Drivers: Do NOT plan on using your XP divers on Windows 8, especially if you are going from 32-bit to 64-bit. At work, we found printer drivers crashed your system if you didn't pick up the latest and greatest when going fro 32-bit XP to 64-bit Windows 7. Yes, we are going to 7.
4) Software: Don't belive that your Windows XP-compatible software will run on Windows 7 or 8. We proved at work that it doesn't. Especially really old software needed to interface with an IBM mainframe.
5) Business: Once again we are finding that applications that work under Win XP don't work if you go up further. As for comercial software, we have some that really needed to be upgraded in order to work. So, where you get your $100 figure really amazes me. I'd probably have to buy another copy of Office as old as mine is. But, businesses have a big investment in software. Especially where a contractor has come in and written an application that requires a very old version of Internet Explorer. For example, they can't run on anything highr than IE 6. Or JAVA 1.6 (you don't know how embarrassing it must be for the programmers to tell people that they have to uninstall their JAVA and reinstall an older verion to use an application.
At work, they have just started the upgrade to Windows 7 and they only have a few people done so far. This is due to the reasons stated above. And these are brand new PCs too. Just having to transfer over exotic developer software from the 1990's makes this a one-PC-at-a-time proposition.
But, at home, I'll have a new OS. Probably when I get a new PC. Maybe even before April. I don't know.