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The good news is that the new Windows 8.1 Update, available today, makes the system more like Windows 7 (and thus, Windows XP) than ever before.
Assuming you're not using a tablet, it includes the ability to basically turn off Windows 8's tile-based "Metro" interface entirely and stick with the traditional desktop you're familiar with.
The PCmover Express app is free and will move over personal files, user profiles and settings to a Windows 7 or later machine.
If you're interested in moving to OS X, Apple makes it easy.
You can either bring your existing computer into the Genius Bar when you buy your Mac at an Apple Store and get help migrating data over that way, or you can use the Windows Migration Assistant Apple provides to move Windows data to OS X.
Even if your current laptop isn't powerful enough to run Windows 8.1, some version of Linux should work on it without a problem.
That said, you'll have to use some alternative apps, such as Libre Office instead of Microsoft Office, and GIMP instead of Photoshop Elements.
PCmover Express will not move over applications — so make sure you have copies of your installation disks and serial numbers for anything you use day-to-day.