Re: Head in hands or head in sands?
XP is around here on some old kit, because it's all that keeps ancient installed software running on the few days it's needed. Everything else is on Win10, which I reluctantly quite like (once defanged), and which insists on updates for a REASON. Microsoft's error was not to provide a user-friendly upgrade path from popular XP, with some kind of sandboxed way of running DOS-like legacies. Upgrades from 7 worked (mostly) well, upgrade from XP to 7 (despite the best efforts of paid-for 3rd parties) was very hit and miss.
All my cousins with XP would happily pay £100 for transition to Win10 (provided they don't need new hardware) but I'd have to reassure them that all their old programs and drivers would still work. Meanwhile it's no more difficult to dual-boot them to Mint xfce for emergencies, not that they can be bovvered to use it.