Posted 09 August 2010 - 11:45 AM
Thanks Buddyme2 & computerxpds for the warning,
I'm reading the VirtualBox manual now and it is VERY complicated. It does mention getting a virus in the VM. If you have your virtual hard drive set up a certain way and to take snapshots in a certain way you roll back to the snapshot to remove the virus. If you set up something called an immutable [virtual] hard disk, you just have to power down and power back up your VM. If you set up your virtual hard disk as a write-through image you have to disinfect as in a real computer. I'll have to see a VM in action before I can figure out the differences between the ways you can set up your virtual storage and why I'd choose one or the other.
So that explains why the VM software comes w/ antivirus or internet security software. I'm hoping that since I'll be using the mac for browsing and email, I'll be somewhat protected. But since I copy a lot from the web into Word - like I'm copying the warnings and install instructions from the Virtual Box manual into Word so I can print them in a font I can easily read- I may be at risk.
I didn't find winxp stable on a pc so I won't be surprised if it's difficult to run on a VM. WinXP didn't itself crash a lot, but the programs trying to run on it did. I'm also used to sluggish w/ windows, but I'm hoping this will work for me. I haven't found mac substitutes for Word 2003 and PaperPort. Pagemaster says it deskews [didn't when I tried it before] so I'm going to try that as a substitute for PaperPort when my Mac arrives. [ I finally ordered it, yay!]
mac 10.6 on macbook pro
WinXP sp2 on Dell 380 w/ 512 MB RAM- currently dead in the water
WinXP tab ed sp 3 on Thinkpad X41 w/ 1.5 GB RAM - lemony flavored
Win2K Sp4 on Sony VAIO GXR600 w/ 512 MB RAM - currently blue screening