However, it is always a good idea to use the latest version of Java to ensure you have the latest security fixes and enhancements.
Microsoft officially withdrew its support for Windows XP on 8 April 2014, after 13 years of loyal service.
Would installing this instead be a viable alternative, even though the Preview has now ended?
Microsoft regularly releases major updates to their Windows operating systems.
Be warned that when you upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 8, all settings and applications will be wiped.
Your personal files will be safe, but you’ll need to track down installers for all the programs you want to keep using.
Consumer licences are no longer sold by Microsoft, but you can still obtain them from online retailers, and the software will continue to receive security updates until 2020 at the earliest (see Support lifecycles, below).If you plan to upgrade your hardware, make sure you buy the right parts for the sockets on your motherboard, which may predate modern standards.You can check exactly how ready your PC is for Windows 8 by downloading Microsoft’s Upgrade Assistant.This free tool will scan your system and check that it meets the hardware requirements, and if you connect your peripherals it will scan those for compatibility too.Assuming everything is in order, you’ll then get the option to purchase and download Windows 8.Original title : Help upgrading from XP to Win8 I have been told four times now by different Microsoft Support agents (2 online, 2 by phone) that an upgrade path exists between Windows XP and Windows 8 using the downloadable software upgrade. I have a new hard drive, a product key/license for Windows 8 (with no installation media, ONLY the downloadable upgrade), and product key/license/installation media for both Win XP and XP x64. BOTH the WIndows 8 Upgrade, and the Upgrade Assistant fail to run, returning the error "Platform not supported." Support has told me I need to run Windows Update to make sure I have the latest Service Packs (etc). Then they told me I need Service Pack 3--but XP x64 does not have a Service Pack 3.I have asked if this means I need to reinstall XP (32), upgrade to SP 3, and then upgrade to Win8 (but this seems even less likely if I cannot upgrade from x64).Traditionally those updates are service packs, but more often these days, they're semi-regular and significant updates via Windows Update.In fact, in Windows 10 and Windows 8, the service pack, as we know it from previous versions of Windows, is essentially a dead idea.But if that doesn’t suit, there are several other options for a Windows XP system that’s reaching the end of the line.If your system isn’t too ancient, you can upgrade it to a more recent edition of Windows and carry on with minimal disruption.