From: Alien spacecraft
ORIGINAL: Gary Childress
Why do we need to throw away all our old software whenever Microsoft comes out with a new edition of windows? This drives me crazy! I have Windows 7 Home Premium edition 64 bit, which is nice but I can't run half my games on it, including some of my favorites! So I looked into the Windows XP virtual machine. But I need to have Windows Professional edition to use it. What imbecile at Microsoft made that decision? I'd really like to kick him in the teeth! This is positively ridiculous! Microsoft can go to hell!
OK I feel better now that I've gotten that out of my system.
Not exactly fair, though i understand your frustration. Windows XP still had IIRC.....one foot....or maybe half a foot based in the older O/S architecture to allow some level of backwards compatability with older (for example, DOS based) programs from the 8/16/32bit era. This however comes with a price in performance for today's software. MS really didn't have alot of choice. Compared to Apple (from which i regularily hear howls of rage whenenver OS-X is "updated" and all support dropped for previous versions.....worse, it seems you can only download it now vs. having a CD ROM copy like my Snow Leopard disc)...MS has been more than generous in supporting a decade plus old O/S (XP) till 2014, despite there being 2, and soon to be 3 newer O/S's on the market.
Solution? I don't recommend virtual software boxes. XP mode in particular was NEVER meant to satisfy gamers, but rather give offices some options for running older Business software. Unless you can find em, XP mode out of box has no advanced graphical drivers for high perm games etc. That said....DOSBox isn't bad....but ultimately no virtual machine fully matches having the genuine O/S to run them from my personal experience.
Get or restore an older PC and use it as your Legacy game box. The legacy games don't need today's horsepower to run well and you can pick one up or build it cheaply. Myself....i still have my old Pentium 4 which i've kept in repair and use it as both a true Windows XP machine and a Windows 98 machine for the even older and crustier DOS based games which find even XP tempermental.
Don't have a copy of either O/S? they are not hard to find. I saw a copy of both XP and Windows 3.1 at a refurb computer store last weekend. cheap.