donationcoder generously donated vmware to me many moons ago but i uninstalled recently whilst messing around with my computer.
so, i thought i'd try out 'virtualbox' before putting vmware back on.
i've just put xp into, updated and tried out internet explorer 7. everything seems to work fine. it looks like it will do what vmware will do after you make the right changes - like with networking. currently, the sound isn't working - this did work with vmware straight away so at the moment vmware seems better for me.
but virtualbox is free and it looks like you can run vista inside it, not sure if you can with vmware at the moment. doesn't look like you can run any apple operating systems with it - unlike vmware.
i'll keep it on for a while and see what happens.
yeah, stupid me. i didn't enable the sound correctly, it works fine now.