My friend's dad's xp desktop is 5 years old and is showing signs of dieing.
Ideally he would want another one that is XP as he is 68 and is 'familiar' with XP but if he has to, i think he would use Vista or W7.
Please can i ask for any links/advice on where to get one in the price range of £200-£400?
He gave me a leaflet from our local pc shop (who i hate) and there was a refurbished Dell on there for £180 which there are lots on ebay for £119.
Say no more.
The small print says 'Please note that this desktop PC does not come with an operating system. Zoostorm recommends using genuine Microsoft Software and is Windows 7 compatible and not compatible with XP.'
Moving from XP to Win 7 is not such a difficult move and, at 'only' 68 years old, I would have thought your dad would manage well. I didn't find it that much different and just had to get used to some small differences. The improved features, in my opinion, definitely out-weigh the inconvenince and it won't take long before he is happy with Win 7.
So, my advice (also a pensioner) would be to go for it. There will come a time when hardware and software won't be compatible with XP, I suspect.