I finally took the plunge from Windows XP to Windows 8 earlier this year, altogether skipping Vista and Windows 7.
Along the way, I kept my old Thinkpad running Windows XP because I had a couple of legacy programs that refused to launch in Windows 8 despite using different suggestions in the Microsoft Compatibility Troubleshooter.
Unfortunately the the program author has long abandoned the program.
So that left me with only one key alternative (since using the Thinkpad is such a pain - too slow.) - run Windows XP in virtual mode.
After doing quite a bit of research, I finally ended with two possible ways.
1. Run Windows XP Mode in VirtualBox
2. Run Windows XP Professional in VMPlayer
There is a thread here talking about WindowsXP Mode in Windows 7 Professional which has some relevance but not applicable.https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=27362.0
It seems that Windows XP Mode is meant only for Windows 7 Professional, yet I could download and extract VirtualXP.vhd from Microsoft via my Windows 8 after validating my Windows 8.
There's also quite a lot of conflicting information about how I can run it, via Virtualbox, via VMLite etc
For those interested in Running Windows XP Mode in VirtualBox there's an interesting post herehttp://www.wolfwillo...MODE/Win8-XPMODE.php
Some other information here as wellhttp://lifehacker.co...or-free-in-windows-8
So I decided to go the other route with VMPlayer (which is free for personal use) since I already owned another licensed Windows XP Professional that's just gathering dust.
I installed this Windows Professional and it works. Naturally, it requires activation (within 30 days).
In the process of setting up Windows XP Professional in VMPlayer, there were several options that I had to decide on like the amount of Ram, the size of the virtual disk, USB3 drivers etc.
I was just wondering, if anyone knows if I activate my Windows XP Professional and then decided that my particular setup is no good, like maybe I should have used 1GB Ram instead of 512Mb, I may have to delete that VMplayer that I created and restart another Windows XP Professional installation.
When I try to activate my 2nd installation in a VMPlayer with Windows XP Professional (now with 1GB Ram and now maybe having a larger Virtual Disk), will I be unable to activate since I would be viewed as having already activated on another computer, that being the VMPlayer I had just deleted.