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  1. Miquel Mayol i Tur
    July 20, 2013

    With Xen or Qemu and VGA Passthorugh even better and faster than with Vbox

  2. nwlinux
    July 20, 2013

    I use SP3 on VirtualBox strictly with Outlook. I operate an on-premise Exchange server and need to manage all of the Journal mail. XP is light on system resources and perfect for this job – base system Ubuntu 10.04.

  3. escojo un nombre?
    July 22, 2013

    I have the same XP SP3 running in VirtualBox for the last 4 years, has change physical machines 3 times.

    Why I have it? In the past because Peachtree worked on and off on Wine or CrossOver, then for a few old timers games, then to explain people over chat how to configure stuff on their own XPs and for some devices that could only communicate using a Windows, now one of my kids uses a web game that is hard to get it running without the correct JAVA in Linux, so this way was easy.

    In the end it will just sit there in a corner of the RAID array until such time as there is no need for it

  4. OldNuc
    July 22, 2013

    I run XP SP-2 with VirtualBox on Debian sid to run some old windows propritary software. Works just fine. I have shutdown the unnecessacary XP services and restore functions to lighten it up considerably.

  5. Gaius Maximus
    July 23, 2013

    Like most, I use XP/SP3 in VirtualBox on all my machines because of the rare package that just doesn’t work well, if at all, in Wine. But I’ve found another reason along the way.

    As a remote programmer, my various clients employ a wide variety of connectivity schemes, some of which are less than ‘enterprise stable’. XP was crashing unrecoverably every 3-9 months, forcing me through a tedious reinstallation and reconfiguration process because M$ long ago gutted their files and settings transfer wizard, and what was left rarely got everything right. And, of course, sometimes, XP itself would encounter some sort of problem that just demanded a complete reinstall and reconfigure, because whatever the problem was, it was in the settings backup, too. But, now, whenever Windows trips up, I just copy the original image back over the operating image, and I’m back in business in a matter of minutes instead of hours, and all my settings, history, etc., are all back where they were without days of hunting down license numbers, passwords, etc.

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