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“Leasing” rather than owning a cable modem makes sense from the cable company’s view because they can charge a monthly fee and can control the hardware necessary for providing their service. The modem used here is available to purchase for about $75 and the monthly lease charge is $6 so the breakeven to owning is about a year. From my view, it makes sense to lease since the maintenance and upgrades are not my responsibility. When I owned my satellite receiver there were usually questions about whether service problems were due to my receiver and which party was responsible for them. Owning a modem may save money but it is one more thing not to worry about if it is leased.
Regarding XP updates, I elect not to install them since in the past updates sometimes changed system operation and features in ways that were not wanted. For examples, DRM lockdowns were applied and some media files no longer played, file associations were changed, and shutdown was extended from the usual 20 seconds to many minutes because update checking was launched when shutting down. Unknown and sometimes unwanted update changes to system operation were becoming annoying. (A nice tool for checking on update status is Belarc Adviser.)