Follow the onscreen instructions to see if the application fares better with settings that emulate an older edition of the operating system. Since its touch-focused features won’t be relevant to your old system, you may prefer to upgrade to Windows 7.Again, there’s an Upgrade Advisor tool that you can use to check that your hardware and peripherals are all compatible with Windows 7.
As we often say, you'd be surprised at how much your computer appears to speed up when you install Windows afresh.
Starting from a clean hard disk means there's no build-up of programs that start with Windows, slowing it down and using up precious memory. Solid-state drives are much, much faster than traditional hard disks and can give a new lease of life to a PC you thought was destined for the scrap heap.
Windows 10 Home costs £99 from Microsoft and Professional will set you back £189. However, if you don't mind waiting for delivery, Amazon will sell you them for £77 and £112, respectively.
You can read our hands-on review of Windows 10 here, but the bottom line is that it is certainly the best version of Windows yet.
If you decide it is worth splashing out for Windows 10 Home or Pro, you'll have the option of a physical disc or a digital download.
It's unclear whether you will be able to run the downloaded version from within XP but even if this is an option, it will erase everything on your PC's hard drive before installing Windows 10.
If your system isn’t too ancient, you can upgrade it to a more recent edition of Windows and carry on with minimal disruption.
Microsoft lists the core requirements for Windows 8 as a 1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM and a 20GB hard disk.
Microsoft officially withdrew its support for Windows XP on 8 April 2014, after 13 years of loyal service.