Not to duplicate prior discussions but I will share that why I update is that the applications I write must run on today's offerings. So I have a reason to update. You might not have to do that.
My current hardware:
Dell Dimension 9200
Windows XP Home SP3 (was SP2; updated 12/20/2008)
Intel Core 2 Duo
6420 @ 2.13 GHZ
2 GB RAM
160GB hard drive (actual available: 149GB)
Date of order: 6/13/2007
I have updated from IE6 to IE8. All kinds of problems have become evident. Some I have been able to adjust to, others I have learned (unhappily) to accept. What would have happened if I did not update, and continued using IE6?
I am beginning to consider the possibility of (someday) buying a new computer with Win 7. Now I see from some of your forum members that I may have a few problems running a few of my Win XP programs.
Over the years I have wondered why update? Why put myself and my family through the headaches of the changes, problems, etc that occur. Can't we settle on a "workhorse" XP system and keep it "forever"?
I do not have a bottomless wallet, nor the technical knowledge to undertake all of the necessary changes.
I use my computer for Word, Open Office Spreadsheets, email, Photoshop Elements,and browsing 90% of the time. As long as my hardware lasts, can I please forget about updating in general?
Your kind and gentle advice would be greatly apprecisted.