To force someone to update there operating system is a little outrageous as you would not believe what I do to keep my PC threat free on windows XP for the past decade.
1. You are not being forced to do anything.
2. You just said it yourself. You are going through Hell and back to keep your system secure. That is the EXACT reason XP support was dropped, and not just by LU, but by Microsoft themselves...THE PEOPLE THAT CREATED IT.
If you are unable to afford a simple upgrade for your system, that is truly unfortunate, but that is also a personal issue. Windows XP came out 15 years ago. Let me reiterate that. 15 YEARS AGO. (I was 11 years old then. I'm 26 now). If you haven't upgraded your system at all in that time, then you should probably put some focus toward that. If you cannot afford to do so, then your focus should not be on gaming at all, but other things in your life which obviously need your financial support more.
I agree that it sucks to have to be in that position, but there is plenty you can do to resolve it on your end. The choices you make to do so are completely up to you, however.
Well I am currently running my os on a ssd, on the ssd I have it setup so the operating system can not be modified, as well added to..
Currently I have 10 different VPN's to help connect my internet traffic to a safer source then back to me.
I know the entire build of Windows xp on the hard drive and know if something is out of place.
AD block extension on the browser helps a lot to prevent any nasty hijackers.
The computer itself runs very clean and boots up instantly.
Having a Quad core overclocked really helps with that.
No reason to really fragment the hard drive as often as other users as I have a ssd. I just do it anyway to help maintain the speeds of getting files from the storage sata drive.
There is more, but secretes are not secrets when it comes to security if released.
I do plan to update and I am not bothered by the release of LU I am actually proud.
I hope to see more updates even if there is bugs,,.
1. That is impossible. Your Operating System has to write temporary files and make changes all the time. You also have to be able to save things to your system if you wish to use or change them. A SSD has absolutely nothing to do with that.
2. Having 10 VPN's isn't making yourself safer. That is just spreading your traffic wider. Having one or *maybe* two is reasonable. 10 is just beyond overkill. You are just murdering your internet speeds at that rate. Regardless, your traffic is just going to default to one VPN that is running, depending on whatever your system sees as the default connection at the time. This also has no effect on your Operating System whatsoever. This is a network configuration. If you are using third-party programs to do this, then you don't even need to save your network settings, which should be retained during an upgrade process anyway.
3. There are multiple versions of XP with different variations, service packs, and updates. I highly doubt you know every single piece of it. Not even the people who made it know it that well. That is why they have different teams with multiple people in each team. If you mean you have a general understanding of when something doesn't look right, it wouldn't be hard to learn the same with a new Operating System. Hell, if you learn Vista, you know everything up through 10, minus slight variations and modifications.
4. All of those features have nothing to do with your Operating System. They can all be applied to any OS you use, even ones outside of Windows. Also, don't ever defragment your SSD. It literally does nothing to it at all, and it is slowly depleting the drive's lifespan. Newer Windows OS'es will actually block you from doing so if they detect a SSD installed.