Yeah, there are issues. There always have been. I am using an XP Pro SP3 2 bit machine right now, imaged with Macrium Reflect, ESET security, run Process Explorer to watch for anything amiss.
My backup machine, plugged into the same monitor, is XP Pro, SP2, 64-bit, went on line fresh load of the original XP discs about 2 months ago.
If something happens, I switch to the backup, re-load the image on the 32 bit, and I'm good to go.
I have an 8.1 laptop, and I hate 8 in any iteration. That said, several months of work (before 8.1) and it looks and works like XP, right down to Outlook Express.
My intention, as ornery as I am, is to keep running XP until someone makes it impossible to do so, or they bury Billy, whichever comes first.
My third backup is another box with Ubuntu already loaded.
I looked at 10, not interested in MS using all my data to spam me with ads across the algore.
47 pages of licensing agreements, 13 pages of stuff defaulted "on" you have to turn "off", and the tech community is dead quiet about the possibility that these are just "feel good" settings. They are NOT telling anybody what else is lurking in 10 you cannot turn off.
I'm old school...started in 1970 with computers (no brag..just a timeline) and I think privacy is far, far more inportant than folks are willing to think about.
I am comfortable with XP, and my 65 year old Fords, and if the original poster wants to get rid of his laptop...
I have an XP laptop. Dell Inspiron 5000e with 512mb of RAM, and that's all the further you can go, so it's parked. Still works.
Looking for an old box to load my 95 diskettes onto for fun.
Oh...and my "new" XP has IE6 on it...and I'm leaving it alone.
I use FF on everything anyway, but it's fun to look at more simplicity once in a while.