Mr. KeyboardNinja, or is it just Keyboard?
ninja is fine.
See, I told you it was exclusive....I have the Pro edition, but I don't have HAV, sooooo...
You could always throw down some dough for the upgrade to Pro (then XP Mode would work), but that is your choice. Or you could just ....
and download Microsoft Virtual PC.
Then follow the directions here
, and install XP into a virtual machine.
Like I said in my last post, create an ISO image from your install disk
, then boot the virtual machine off the ISO. Your hard disk (reading the iso) is faster than your optical drive (reading the physical disk).
The only thing about XP Mode that is better than just a plain vm is that XP Mode integrates with the host OS (Windows 7). Your programs that you would install in XP Mode show up in the Start Menu list, and can be run very easily. But running a regular vm means you have to use it inside the vm (it's just an operating system in a box). Like I said above, ou could always throw down some dough for the upgrade to Pro (then XP Mode would work), but that is your choice.
But since you have HAV, your vm will probably run a little smoother than mine do. Mine are pretty slow. Whether or not you will be able to play games....no way to know but to try it. Have you tried installing your games in Windows 7 yet? They'll likely work (they might need "Compatibility mode", though).
First, try installing your games in Windows 7. If they fail, install an XP vm in Microsoft Virtual PC. If the games run too slow in the vm, then your only options would be to do the upgrade to Pro and run XP Mode (no guarantees the graphics quality would be better, but that's what the HAV is supposed to be for, hardware assisted virtualization), or give up gaming (at least with your old games anyway). Maybe try Call of Duty - Modern Warfare 2.