I have a few programs that are available for Windows only. There are no Linux alternatives. Right now I have Ubuntu installed in the program files of Windows and I have to choose either Windows or Ubuntu when I turn on the computer. The thing is it's a hassle to have to reboot every time I need to use one of those programs. I end up staying in Windows, which, after having used Ubuntu especially, is a real pain. Besides that, now I can't use Chrome or GIMP in Windows. I get a message that the disk is empty...weird.
Anyway, my question: Is there a way to install/use windows in a different work space or something, so that I can be in Ubuntu, but access my windows programs, without rebooting, when I need them? I prefer Ubuntu, but I need those programs for what I do.
I did do a search for this, but came up with too many threads, the first of which made no sense to me (games forum).