Thank you very much VLH for your advice. As you will note, there areVanguardLH said:Time consuming? You mean in the time it takes to download the XP ModeSeum said:I looked at that URL and found that the Virtual XP is too time consuming
to bother about, so I'm going to search for a REAL disk and hope that it
will install on an HD as easily as the Win2K does.
programs and run them to install? Or in that ANYTHING in an emulated
hardware environment, like VMs (virtual machines), will run slower than
when ran on native hardware? I can't see that a full install of Windows
XP would take less time than installing XP Mode in Windows 7.
So you're looking at multi-booting (you load a boot manager into the MBR
bootstrap area; e.g., gag.sourceforge.net) or use Microsoft's dual-boot
scheme (which first has to [partially] load one OS before you get to
decide which OS you really wanted to load) or hot-swap the disks with
different OS'es so you can have non-concurrent access to Windows 7 and
Windows XP but separately of each other. For that, yep, you'll need to
buy a separate license for Windows XP.
Since you're going the route of getting a "real CD" (for Windows XP),
did you try the youtube-spammed site (the video got banned at youtube)
to see if you can get it "almost for free"? You can probably get it
cheaper at eBay but be damn careful what you buy there and from whom you
buy. There are a lots of eBay sellers dumping "reinstallation CD" (for
"Already on your computer") copies that aren't legal there (eBay gets
notified on these all the time). These are for reinstallation and are
OEM licenses for instances of the OS that came with a laptop or desktop.
The items marked as "Dell" branded could also be BIOS-locked so they
won't install other than on a limited family of models from Dell. But,
if you're careful, you can pickup a legit copy of Windows XP for cheaper
than the youtube-spammed site was going to charge you.
times when I get pig-headed
As I mentioned to Stan: The Win 7 I have is Home Premium and I guess
that I would end up with a Home Premium XP, instead of the full XP. In
addition I have not played with the Virtuals and I don't have the time
to investigate them. I don't mind spending a few hours on setting up the
real XP, assuming that I can get my hands on one.
I have already been burned (the matter is not yet resolved) by a
Recovery CD from Amazon, so I will pay much more attention in my next