Originally Posted by ApK
Careful...If you move the VM to host hardware with a different processor family, some things -- like, say, the DRM used by Windows Media -- can break, and I would not be surprised if other activation/license related things could potentially break as well. Particularly if they sneak in another update or two before end-of-life.
Of course..I was staying on the same x86 processor family. I doubt if it would even work on any other. It's not an emulator. (But an Atari 800 emulator <will> run quite nicely under an XP virtual machine.)
I'm not worried about end-of-life upgrades. I'm at service pack 3 with the exFat update. What I am interested in is to be able to run all the software I have under windoze (all paid for) under Linux, without worrying about the XP activation feature being turned off (making XP uninstallable). That way, I can run all my paid for software as long as I can run a x86 computer, and use linux software for more modern requirements.
The only thing that won't work is Microsoft Virtual Machine 2004. (Can't run a virtual machine under a virtual machine, so I can't go all the way back to DOS 1.0 any more. I can live with that. I can go back to Windows 3.1 software, good enough.)