janet wrote:I see it as MS just wanting to get us to update so they can claim some kind of kudos
I think it's more to get money. If they cared about kudos they'd write a decent program. They just told everybody about the major security flaw they built into MsWord's RTF reader that they've known about for roughly 15 years, and their "fix" is to disable the RTF reader which many people depend on for free filesharing.
janet wrote:I bought this ancient PC about 5 years ago, used and refurbished professionally (snip) At this moment there is more chance of Satan skating to work than there is of my being able to afford to upgrade since it would mean replacing my computer and I don't even have a spare ten quid.
Linux is free. I've been using Linux Ubuntu on a laptop since my old XP computer died. It does everything I ever used Windows for (I don't do gaming). The security and other upgrades are almost daily and have never caused me trouble yet, and did I mention it's free?
The very latest version of Ubuntu won't run on a really old laptop I still have, but some earlier versions are still available that will run on it, and there are special tinyUbuntu versions that will even run on a tablet. If you have the ability to burn a CD (if you can't, maybe ask a friend?), I recommend that you burn an installation CD of Ubuntu. (Ubuntu will run on a thumb drive, so if you have a USB port but no CD reader, it's still possible to get it.) Then if your old XP program dies on you, you can install Ubuntu without having to go on the net. Ideally you'd get more than one version, so you could try different ones to find one that will work for you. It's a lot faster to install than Windows, so it's far less of a hassle to experiment.