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This is somewhat of a weird question, but let me explain.

I used to run Virtual PC 2007 to try out various operating systems, etc. I really liked two things - one, the ability to roll back any changes that I made tinkering with the operating system. And, two, I liked the fact that the OS was "sandboxed" so that if I really did something dumb, I would be protected from the problems affecting my main OS.

So, while I know Windows Virtual PC is a bit different, does it still offer this sort of protection (the second item above)? If I run something in Windows XP mode, will my host OS be protected against any problems that may happen?


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Keep in mind that XP mode doesn't let you run other operating systems. If you want to do this, try VirtualBox or VMWare Player. – Joe Internet Mar 3 '10 at 3:01
@JoeInternet: You're wrong. XP Mode is Virtual PC + an activated XP image. You can also load other OSs (albeit the officially supported list is quite short). – Richard Mar 3 '10 at 8:25
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Yes, since the software runs "inside" the Windows XP OS, and not in the host. Yes it pops out the main window, but it is just a window. Anything that happens inside the application does not cross over into the host environment.

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