Windows XP Support Ends: Buy a New PC
The easiest solution is to skip the Windows XP upgrade to Windows 8.1 on an existing PC (it’s probably an old box anyway) and just buy a new computer that already has Windows 8.1 installed.
Migrate your data from the old box to the new one (Microsoft is offering free data transfer software) and your problem is solved — at least until 2023, when Windows 8 extended support is scheduled to end.
Microsoft Stores are offering new Windows 8 PCs from manufacturers like Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) and Sony (SNE) starting at $249. A new PC is less expensive than it used to be, and with options like touchscreen capability, they make the most of Windows 8’s interface. They also have the latest Intel (INTC) energy-efficient CPUs for performance and longer portable battery life.