WinXP on anotther partition running as guest OS: is it possible (for free)?

Patrick O'Callaghan pocallaghan at
Tue Mar 11 19:32:20 UTC 2008

On Tue, 2008-03-11 at 16:26 -0300, Andre Costa wrote:
> Hi,
> I have here Fedora 8 and WinXP on the same machine. I use XP mostly
> for gaming, but every once in a while I have to edit some Word docs
> sent by clients on MS Word. ... As much as I wish, OpenOffice isn't
> just there yet, sometimes it messes with the docs, I already tried
> this and received complaints about format changes. It sucks, and
> eventually there will be 100% compatibility, but there's still some
> ground to cover.
> According to VMWare Workstation FAQ I could run my installed XP as a
> guest system, but I was wondering if there was no free alternative,
> since it costs USD 189,00 and I will only need it every once in a
> while.
> Anyone solved a similar problem? Any advice on what to use and what to
> avoid? Any pitfalls?

VMware Player is a free (as in beer) download. ALl you need is to set up
the virtual machine (e.g. using a trial install of Workstation, or
importing it from someone who has the full version) and off you go.


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