|You will still be able to go on the internet and watch DVD's after XP support ends. What you won't do is get any more Windows Updates, the patches that help prevent security issues.|
Your computer should be able to upgrade to Windows 7 or greater (8 or 8.1). You can do the upgrade yourself or you can have it done for you. Costs vary. This tool from Microsoft can tell you what is/isn't compatible if you want to upgrade to 7.
Linux Mint is free and it is very user friendly. You'll have plenty of options for software as well. You can download a copy, burn it to a DVD or USB drive and try it without removing your current XP installation.
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