Too many words.
Thanks for dragging a year old thread back to life. Now, back in my day, it was considered poor form to bring back a thread after 30 days, much less a whole year.
• On the matter of Grim Dawn, if you use Windows XP, you're not only limiting yourself, but the game as well. Windows XP only supports DirectX up to 9.0c, and I'm sure it's a similar story for OpenGL as well. Most installations of Windows XP are 32 bit as well, bringing a massive slew of limitations as well. There certainly is
a 64 bit version of Windows XP, but that also has problems.
• Further to the first point, GOG has no reason to support Windows XP any longer, as the usage has fallen comfortably well under the MOE. Windows XP support officially ended for any application in 2014, after
Grim Dawn was released. I suspect that the compatibility had was a complete accident, and not an intended feature.
• Your asterisks don't explain why
you remain with XP, but rather a large amount of hoops and workaround you use to justify
remaining. This is in my visual imagination, akin to keeping several buckets and rolls of duct tape to keep a rotting boat around.
• Those little bits of third party software, I imagine could easily be routed or circumvented with laughable ease. (I can't help but note that both are referenced in the past tense and the latter is 10 years dead.)
So I have a better question: Why not use Linux? Or if your machine is running a Cyrix MediaGX, why not buy a nice used machine
? (I'm not sure why anyone would be concerned or fretting over a megabyte