I'm using XP at the moment, but have seen the Windows 7 OS on a friends PC..it so much looks very similar to Vista, which in my opinion was a massive flop to Microsoft...i dont want anything that remotely resembles vista, am i better sticking with XP for the time being untill all the glitches and bugs have been sorted out with Windows 7?
Like you I bypassed Vista. I switched from XP to a dual boot XP /W7 then to just W7. I increased my built in RAM to 4Gig, but probably ok on 2. Do download and run MS W7 compatability advisor with all your hardware switched on and it will tell you if all is well.I bought ATI 2010 and downloaded drivers for TV tuner etc to an external HD, and had all "My Documents" copied to the external HD. Now happily on W7 with no dual boot. I am not a gamer by the way!
I have Xp on my desktop and just replaced Vista with W7 32 bit on my son's 4Gb ram laptop. I had a lot of the Vista bells & whistles switched off to try and speed it up but it was still slow, whereas W7 seems faster without switching anything off. Whilst W7 has some very nice features, I'll still stick with XP on my desktop until I get rid of the pc or support stops, as the cost of W7 for the extra features is a bit steep, I reckon, even if you get the cheap ugrade for students. Or.....I'm just tight!
I used XP for many years. I bought a new computer with Vista last year, and - compared with XP - it was a dog.
I recently did a clean install of W7 and it's great. I love it. It's ironed out so many of the problems that Vista had, and - most important of all - it's much faster. I can't find any "bugs and glitches", so I really don't think you need to worry about those.
I still have a great affection for XP, but W7 is better - much better.
My only concern is whether your old XP computer will be sufficiently powerful to run W7 properly. Try the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor to see.