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    Virtualbox guest - Windows XP or 7?

    What version of windows do you use? I need to have Windows running for MS Office (not a matter of choice, I prefer libreoffice) and Photoshop (again, I prefer GIMP).

    Is there a reason why to stick with XP and not go with 7? Assuming I have decent hardware.

    I'm asking since whenever I find someone virtualising windows, they go with XP.

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    Re: Virtualbox guest - Windows XP or 7?

    I don't think it will really make a difference other than version requirements of the software you have to use.

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    Re: Virtualbox guest - Windows XP or 7?

    I have virtualized Win7 guests on a couple of different machines with Ubuntu and VirtualBox. It runs fine.

    Maybe you see WinXP more often because more people have licensed installation discs for that version?

    I give Win7 1.5 GB on machines with 4+ GB of memory. Seems adequate.
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    Re: Virtualbox guest - Windows XP or 7?

    If you have the choice and your hardware is up to it, go Windows 7. XP won't be supported that much longer, and you can get more up-to-date software on 7.
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    Re: Virtualbox guest - Windows XP or 7?

    I am on a Windows 7 Guest on an Ubuntu host (Lucid) now. In fact I have always run Win7 on Vbox and VMware without issue. You should be fine.

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