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Is there a free way to emulate Windows XP on a Linux based system? Answered

I'm getting a bit annoyed at Windows, and almost everything I use is freeware already anyway. My problem is that most, if not all, of the programs I use were designed for Windows. If I could make a Linux system work with all my Windows programs, I think I would be much happier.

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bwrussell (author)2017-01-24

Have you looked into Linux equivalents for the Windows programs you use?

I feel like running Windows in a Linux Virtual Machine is just the annoyance of Windows with the extra layer of having to deal with a VM.

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Joe Martin (author)2009-02-18

Wine. Google it to see program compatibility.

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UziMonkey (author)Joe Martin2009-02-18

Not all programs work with Wine. You can pick up a copy of VMWare and run a copy of Windows inside of Linux to run the applications you need. VMWare is an invaluable tool, well worth the money.

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shakna (author)UziMonkey2009-08-10

Instead of paying out to use VMware, you could always use QEMU, which may be a little more difficult to get used to at first, however VMware is incredibly limited compared to it. And QEMU is open source ; )

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11010010110 (author)2009-02-18

the advanced (not free) variants of wine - like crossover and cedega

reactos - a free os compatible with windows xp. currently very incomplete

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