What version of Windows should I get?

Episode 1029 (12:23)

James from Los Angeles, CA

James is still using XP, but he's looking at getting a laptop. He's wondering if he should try and get Windows 7 or move on to Windows 8. Leo says that moving forward, he should probably get Windows 8, however the irony is that Windows RT, Windows Phone, and Windows 8 Pro are incompatible with one another.

Leo says that Windows 8 is in an "awkward adolescence," which causes user confusion. Windows 7 is the best version to date, but moving forward, we are a year into Windows 8 now, so he may as well make the transition. He can tweak Windows 8 with Start8 from StarDock or Classic Shell to make it look and work more like Windows 7.