Re: need a good xp emulator
+1 to Habitual
Goto your Software Manager and search for virtualbox and install it.
Then run it and click *new* and follow the steps.
It will ask you things like the following:
Which Operating System? Just pick from the drop down box Windows & Windows XP
How much RAM? I suggest 512 to 1024. Remember this takes away from your normal RAM so don't over due it or it might bog your system down. I mostly use mine for running netflix, but have 4 gigs and dedicate a full 1024mb to my VM.
Create Virtual DiskHere you can accept the default type and then you get to pick Dynamic or Fixed. Dynamic means it only takes up as much space as it has to have and you set a Maximum of how large the virtual disk can get (again this is taking space form your normal harddrive and DYNAMIC is great for smaller hard drives) Or you can pick Fixed and make a set size of the harddrive (this is slightly faster and better if you have plenty of space to spare.)
Additiona options Once your done before you start your machine i suggest you right click your virtual machine and goto settings. Here you can goto DISPLAY and turn on 2d & 3d accleration and increase the virtual video card memory up to 128mb. Now this is virtual not REAL graphics card memory, this is just to fool applications to let you install and run applications with a video requirement. so if you start installing games you won't get too far.
ProcessorYou can also designate how many of your processors are allowed to power the PC. i have a 3.01ghz quad core and only use 1 and it runs great. Now close out
Last StepNow start your machine, it will prompt you to pick either the drive your install cd is in or to navigate to the location of your ISO to install windows xp or what ever OS your wanting.
Guest Addons to get some better support and allow better mouse intergration once you finishing installing with the VM open and running, click settings on the VM window and click "install guest addons".
Now once you boot up you have windows. You can right click the virtual machine on the manager and make a shortcut to your desktop if you want.
Now the issue here is WINXP is a licensed software. So your options are reinstall it every 30 days and keep using the trial, or have a License key. There may be other options, but they won't be discussed on this forum.
I run Netflix on mine mostly and it has the follow specs and runs really fast.
os: Windows XP Home
Processor: 1 cpu 3.01 ghz
Virtual Harddisk: Dynamic 50gig
Dual Booting 11.04 64bit Ubuntu & Windows 7 64bit