troubleshooting Question

XP to 8.1

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An elderly friend of mine owns a very old computer; running XP, with a CRT monitor. Would it be advisable, or even possible,  to try and upgrade it to 8.1.  

The problem is someone recently charged her almost $500 to install a blown out MB and a back hard drive.  I hate for her to throw good money after bad, with the purchase a new computer.  

But I wonder, considering how cheap a, very basic new computer would be. for someone who only surfs the net, does email, and plays solitaire.
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