I looked at some friends' computer and winced; they're running XP, and the system is running slowly, and their SuperAntiSpyware pulled multiple malware threats (big surprise). But they are using OpenOffice even though they have Microsoft Word installed.
My first thought was, "offer them a migration to Linux," but my second thought was, "offer them a migration to Linux that wouldn't break use of XP," and my best thought about implementing that was, "Find out how to do a lossless repartition, install Mint on one partition, and set up VMware Player to run off the XP partition."
I'm not sure every leg of that journey is doable, but I would like to make Mint available while not damaging what they have under XP.
What is the best strategy for doing that (whether it is my own approach outlined above, or something else, even if it's just a dual boot), and how specifically can I do that? I know less Windows than Unix system administration, and am not positive VMware Player will do what I want, so please correct any wrong conceptualizations or assumptions I am showing.