Even Microsoft is recommending that XP users just scrap their PC's and start over with a new one pre-loaded with Windows 7 when it comes out this Fall.
"If you're running Windows XP, or any other operating system for that matter, we recommend that you experience Windows 7 on a new PC...And while we don't recommend it, should you choose to upgrade your current PC from Windows XP or another operating system to Windows 7, we recommend that you get help with this process from your local computer service provider."
- "We recommend that you experience Windows 7 on a new PC"
(subtext: Because the PC makers are really, really fed up with us and the least we can do is encourage you to throw them some business to make up for the sales drought known as Vista)
- "And while we don't recommend it"
(Subtext: Referring to upgrading your current PC from XP to Windows 7, we're not kidding. This is more than just throwing a bone to Dell, HP and everyone else who's mad at us.You really will be ewed-scrayed if you try to upgrade from XP to Windows 7.)
- "We recommend that you get help with this process from your local computer service provider."
(Subtext: If you are crazy enough to try, at least get help! Given that a so-called easy upgrade from Microsoft usually requires a degree in software engineering, several evenings of uninterupted hours of quality time on the phone with tech support and lots and lots of Xanax; one can only imagine what is involved in an upgrade they deem too difficult to do on your own.)