I don't know about Grargar or the others but I am o.k. with a bit derailing especially if your issue is so closely related to the actual topic of the thread. Anyway why dont you just open a seperate thread for your issue? Something like "Steam is giving up on XP - what are you doimg if you cannot change the OS?". Maybe others have similar thoughts you are having and might help you as well. I'd probably use a combination out of SSE (Smart Steam Emulator) and NoCD cracks. Steam is forcing you to do so and you payed for every game so I don't see any problems. But really, open such a thread - might get interesting.
I totally understand that most people on GOG are nice people that sympathize, it’s just that I don’t want to bother the others too much. Now that I think about it, this may be from a cultural difference between oriental and western cultures, in which people from oriental background are usually described as more collectivistic and value their personal interests somewhat less than people from western culture may do. I usually consider myself as not that oriental among my countrymen, but maybe a grey cat can’t help but look all black among white cats (culturally, GOG members are mostly western, right?). You are one of the GOG members that I respect the most (not because of your high rep but what you say and do), for I think we share similar opinions in quite some issues, yet still, I feel that there are often some minor differences, and now I’d say those partly root in this cultural difference aspect.
I said this cultural difference thing out of curiosity and fun, and I hope it doesn’t cause any argue about cultures from anyone.
About opening a separate thread:
1.Actually, I didn’t really want to post any questions (well, at least that’s just some complaints towards Steam in my mind, but maybe the texts appeared the other way to people, thus all these advices I received, and again, thank you guys!), all these advices are indeed surprises to me. I actually had had my own, well, far from optimal plan as to how to deal with the situation even before anyone provided their advices, haha, though surely, you guys are doing it much more professionally than I do and your advices really shed more light on this client issue for me.
2.Not sure if it shows, but writing in English isn’t that effortless for me, and that’s part of the reason why I try not to start any thread unless necessary. (well, that’s also part of the reason that I feel the urgency to stop this derailing, or else I’d have to do even more English writings, hahaha) Truth be told, this post that I’m writing has almost taken me one hour (try to conceal your giggles harder, guys ;). But sure, if anyone else starts such a thread, it could be very helpful for WinXP users like us.