Note well: I still run my XP installs on my two desktops that I use daily.
Realities are the following:
If XP is installed, there have been no security updates implemented for over a year nowl.
Those misanthopes that generate malware...well, they seem to have increased in number and intent to be nuisances...every year for the last 5 years.
IE is an integral part of Windows, there is no uninstalling it...and it is used by Windows for basic system processes each day that Windows XP is fired up. It doesn't matter whether the user opens a browser windows or not, there is always at least one instance of IE running (see Task Manager) and various processes running via IE (see svchost.exe and others).
The risk of malware and/or system failure is real...happens every day, to someone. Those who are unprepared for such (don't believe in backing up or cloning their O/S) react poorly to said risk...and often wind up singing the old "woe is me" song on this and other system-help forums.
As noted above, other applications installed on any Windows O/S...as well as any website you visit...can be a source of infection.
Win 7 is probably the best Windows tested O/S thus far. It's not a foreign country, doesn't use a foreign language for explanations or instruction...it just happens to be something that those who like the "familiar" choose not to like, IMO. It's still available for purchase/installation and has the advantage of being the ticket to a free "upgrade" to the current version of Windows 10.
Users who don't have a Windows XP install disk...increase their risks when they continue to run XP...of not having a system which they can use or repair when things go wrong.
Although I maintain my XP installs...it's not because I'm in love with XP. I dual-boot XP and Win 7, I have 4 computers available to me with at least one of those installed. But the major reason I have deleted my XP partitions is the fact that other members here still hang on to XP and it helps me to understand what their problems may be, if I have an XP install. If there was no activity in this forum, I would wipe XP within seconds. Just as I did with Win 9x after I became convinced that XP was going to be a better O/S and more widely used. Just as I dual-booted when I decided that Win 7 was going to be a better O/S and more widely used.
Those person who continued to run...Windows 9x, Win 2000, etc...they all claim to have cogent reasons for such...and we still have some members who try to offer advice/support for those O/Ses at this website. But you will see (if you look) that the vast majority of users have moved away from the obsolete...and this trend will likely continue as more new computer users enter the "help market" each and every day.
P.S. I forgot about the linux plethora of distros...but any person still running XP needs to investigate those alternative O/Ses...for no other reason than the fact that a system which is incapable of being secure and used on the Web with some degree of confidence...is a rather large dead weight to boot up every day.
Edited by hamluis, 06 August 2015 - 12:59 PM.