Are you using Windows Vista? Do you miss Windows XP? Do you want to switch back to Windows XP but keep Vista untouched? No, I am not suggesting a dual boot system. How about virtualization. Yes, it’s possible with a software which allows you to create a Virtual Machine on your machine . One of them is Microsoft’s Virtual PC 2007. It’s a free program that let’s you run many Operating Systems on your systems in a virtual machine window, without affecting your primary OS.
Get it by clicking here. Download and install Virtual PC. Launch it, click Next to start the wizard, and click Next again to create a virtual machine. First you will see the default size allocated for RAM and hard drive for Virtual Machine. You will then be asked to confirm the size of RAM and hard drive. You are advised to give 25% of your RAM space to your virtual machine for optimal performance. Unless you install lot of applications the default disk size is fine. Confirm the size and Finish the process of creating a Virtual Machine. Now, your Virtual Machine will appear in the Virtual PC Console.
Insert an XP installation CD and then double click your new virtual machine icon in the Virtual PC Console to start it up. Now, select your CD drivein the Virtual PC’s CD menu, select Action and then click Ctrl-Alt-Del to boot the virtual machine from CD. Then, you would be installing Windows XP in your virtual machine as it installs in a normal PC. To run your Virtual Windows XP machine, double click it in the virtual PC Console or select it and then click Start. To close it down, click Close, select Save state from the list of options, and click OK.
Clicking within the virtualized OS window once allows it to capture the mouse pointer. To get the mouse pointer to release back to the host OS, press the right-hand <Alt> key and drag the mouse pointer out of the Virtual PC window. To install additional tools click Action>Install or Update Virtual Machine Additions in the Virtual PC menu. Many applications allow you to copy paste text between the virtual machine and the host PC, as well as send documents back and forth via a shared folder on the host system.