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Orchid - excellent questions.

In broad strokes, I say make the change now to Win7 - that is largely because any time you make such a change some things will be difference and some things will not work. But clearly today you are aware enough to handle those problems - with the help of this board and your local computer company.

If you have been doing much reading, you can see Windows 8 has not been accepted with even as many users as Vista which was largely considered a serious flop. So unless things change, Win7 is a better choice.

Now for more specifics - Microsoft has a site that deals with compatibility of hardware and software for their various Operating Systems. I have used this for Vista and Windows7. I have not found one the site in error. I chose one time not to believe the site when it told me a Microsoft Keyboard and Mouse set would not work - that was an ill advised action on my part.

Here is the site

Note the top menu has "Apps" and "Devices". Be certain to check both your hardware (printers, monitors, keyboards, etc.) and software. That way you will know before you get your new box exactly what will and will not work. I have found this site to be more reliable in some cases than a manufacturer's website.

It is easy to forget what all you have a PC after a few years. A good way to get a listing of your equipment and applications is via Belarc

Finally, if you are the person moving stuff to you new PC, it is much better to re-install everything. Using the Windows feature that transfers from the old PC brings a fair amount of garbage. Better after even a couple of years to start with a clean install.

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