24 November 2011

Problem? What problem?

Company acquires new PC from OfficeWorks for $388.00.

PC includes MS-Windows 7 Home Edition.

Company requires PC to use MS-Windows XP.

No problem. Push in Windows XP Black Edition CD, reboot PC, tell BIOS to boot from disc.


Installer bluescreens before asking any questions. Bummer!

Push in a Kubuntu Oneiric Ocelot DVD, reboot.

Fully functional PC five minutes later, set to auto log in.

Now select VirtualBox in the packages installer, & install. Start VirtualBox. Add an XP instance. Push in XP Black Edition CD, installer works flawlessly.

Add icon to desktop, including the option --fullscreen. Duplicate the windowsXPblack virtual disk file, mark the duplicate as read-only for the user.

From now on, user presses power button. Uses all facilities under Kubuntu. If they desperately need the MS-Windows XP feel, they double-click an icon, & 30 seconds later are facing XP. By tapping a LeftCtrl-S they can save a complete screenshot of whatever they're doing into the Kubuntu instance.
When XP guts itself (as it inevitably will one day), user copies backup disk image over primary disk image. Done.

3 comments:

Jeremy said...

Performance hit? What performance hit?

Oh yeah, that big gaping one.

Leon Brooks said...
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Leon Brooks said...

Since the machine has 2GB of memory & I allocated ½GB to the XP instance, it performs very well... perceptibly more responsive than Win7 native... unless I flip it out of full-screen mode.