But perhaps you could inform me of the consequences if it was not?
A S.W.A.T. team will come smashing through your windows, confiscate your PC and cart you off to Guantanamo Bay.
If you happen to have an "off-site backup" version of XP, nothing will happen besides automatic updates won't work. So I'm told. *ahem* And obviously a guilty conscience at having deprived Mr. Gates of more $$$.