There has been a lot of hoopla about W8, but I have two computers running W7 that are working great, and unless I can see some good reason to go to W8, I will likely stay just where I am. If somehow I have to buy a new computer, then W8 will be a fact of life. By the middle of 2013, there should be a pretty good indication of how valuable an upgrade would be, and that is probably the time to make a conversion. Unfortunately during the first 6 to 8 months of most O/S releases, there are usually a significant amount of problems showing up. In the past few years, I have had XP, Vista, and now W7 on a computer, and I can say that in my case, Windows 7 is the superior operating system. Vista was probably better than XP, but a lot of people didn't like it. For me personally Vista was fairly good, but it did have lot of problems as they were developing the O/S. Windows 7 had been out for a while before I bought a new computer that had it installed. It was a Lenovo i7 with 8 gig of ram which has turned out to be the best computer that I have ever had. I had a Lenovo Desktop that I bought for about $300 that had Vista on it, but they had a low cost update to W7, and I opted for that, and it was a better computer after W7 was installed. I finally gave that away to someone, but bought a Lenovo Laptop with an i7 and 6 gig of ram for about $630, and at that time that was a pretty good deal. I still have that one, and use both my i7 Desktop and i7 Laptop each and every day, and they have been pretty reliable for me. When you have smooth running computers, doing an Upgrade isn't too appealing.