Read More Here's the next question: how many of them have you upgraded to Windows 10? If you're like me, you haven't upgraded any of them and you're not even sure what version of Windows those old machines are running.I know I have a pile of XP machines, one Vista machine, and a whole bunch of either Windows 7 or Windows 8 machines, not counting all my VMs (which are mostly Windows 7).The good(ish) news is you can buy copies of Windows 7 from Amazon and e Bay ranging from about to about , which is still cheaper than buying Windows 10 directly from Microsoft -- although, admittedly, a lot more work.I have a ton of old licenses, so I'm not going that route.Rather than dedicating an active laptop, I'm much more likely to dig into my storehouse of old machines and press one of them into service.
How many leftover PCs do you have sitting around in closets, on shelves, and in the form of virtual machines?It's a good idea to run the Windows 10 compatibility checker to find out if Windows 10 will work. There is no free upgrade path to Windows 10 from XP or Vista.To upgrade to Windows 10 from a machine running XP or Vista, you either have to buy an actual copy of Windows 10 (in which case, you might as well just keep the old boxes sitting in their bins in the garage) or first upgrade to Windows 7 or Windows 8. It's particularly difficult to get a Windows 7 install disk from Microsoft.A driver update isn't always a fix-it task, either.An updated driver might enable new features for the hardware, something we see on a regular basis with popular video cards and sound cards.