| I have happily used XP Pro for many years - no security issues -
| - no compatibility issues - no problems what-so-ever. It's solid.
| The obsolete factor will eventually affect me - when I need to add new
| devices ...
I just ordered parts to build myself a new box. I have
no plans to move from XP for the foreseeable future. I
do have a Win7 box, but find it a hassle in a hundred
small ways. I was pleased to find that there still seems
to be pretty much universal hardware support for XP.
Looking up drivers for Asus and Gigabyte motherboards,
both companies had them for XP, as did ATI.
Like you, security is the least of my concerns with XP.
I only worry that eventually some hardware or software
I must have won't run. But I don't see that happening
any time soon. The only software I'm aware of that
won't run is Photoshop. But that went from ridiculously
overpriced to ridiculously overpriced subscription. I have
no regrets about not having Photoshop.
I think the people who warn about XP security are
mainly people who have read the marketing press releases
but don't actually know much about computers. Microsoft
always markets by saying, "Our old stuff is dangerous junk.
You should buy our new stuff!" (They're the only company
I know that gets away with that.)
What people don't realize is that the vast majority of
security issues are not with Windows itself. The problems
are with "web-facing" software. I saw an article
the other day saying that QuickTime is actually the biggest
current threat on Windows. Other common security holes
for most other attacks. Anyone who doesn't use IE should
be *at least* as safe on XP as they will be on Win7-10.
disabling the items listed above will be the main factor
in not getting malware.