|There is little real need to update a firewall, so just stick to the one you've got. Possible lack of AntiVirus support in the future bothers me a tad more.|
Although MS Security Updates will discontinue this is offset "to some extent" by the fact that intruders/hackers and the like have long since aimed their nasties at XP because this is the current system.
I accept that some viruses and so forth will still mess up older systems but when they do it is almost by chance. Much of it does not.
Often the claimed advantage of newer systems really comes down to the fact that it happens to be supplied on much faster and bigger hardware, rather than the OS itself (although I accept broadly that XP is a better system). Software writers don't help by supplying bloated programs bubbling with pointless features which bog old systems down. My new Printer program was a case in point. It does no less than much simpler programs (which I went back to) yet takes ages to even run. The skins are real pretty tho.
I have no reason to change from W98SE because I can do everything I need to at present without spending a penny. In fact I can tailor this system, because it is DOS based, far more than XP. It's always been the same with computers because the older ones are at nuts and bolts level.
When I need some feature that cannot be supplied on W98SE, or want a hardware change but can't find appropriate software, that is the time I'll dump this ultra reliable old system and go for whatever current, or more current, system is best.