I initially used Carbide Motion on my ThinkPad running Vista — I suspect that it would still work.
Rather than try to update Windows, my inclination would be to get an inexpensive tablet to run the software on — just try for one which:
- has a screen larger than 1280 x 800 (that’s the size on my Toshiba Encore 2 Write 10, and I have to scroll to see most of the panes in Carbide Create which is a pain) — I’d be very glad to know of what screen size thresholds allow all controls to show.
- has an available USB port after power is connected (I use a Toshiba dongle which affords Micro USB power in, and a full-size USB port)
- has a stylus — some of the buttons are small in Carbide Create — Motion seems to work okay with touch, though it is a pain navigating the file dialog
List of notes on system requirements and known working configurations at: http://www.shapeoko.com/wiki/index.php/Carbide_Motion_Machine_Control_Software#System_Requirements
One note is that once the Grbl 1.1 and Carbide Motion 4 roll-out is complete there should be an add-on board / module (described as Carbide Connect, see http://carbide3d.com/blog/2017/feb-2017-update/ ) which will allow one to control the machine using a web browser or some such. If you’re using other CAD/CAM software, and have room in the budget for it, that may be useful.