I am a heavy Linux user, both professional and private. Since I almost never use Microsoft Windows I don't know very much about it so apologies if this is a really stupid question.
There is one particular piece of software that I use on a regular basis (it's for tax calculation) for which there is only a Windows version available, no Linux version and no alternative software product whatsoever.
In the past 15 years I used to use VirtualBox on Linux with a really old Windows XP image (from 2002, I believe) for running just this tax software.
Now the latest update of the software doesn't support Windows XP anymore and refuses to install.
So apparently I need an image of a newer version of Microsoft Windows for my VirtualBox now.
- Am I right about that I need a new image? Or is there a better solution for my problem?
- Which Windows version should I pick? It needs to be younger than Windows XP and reasonably stable. It does not need any fancy stuff or support the latest hardware etc.
- Where can I get an installation image of it? Do I really need to buy (or at least pick up) a CD somewhere or is it possible to download the image?
- Are there any free (or "used") images of outdated Windows versions (newer than XP) available somewhere?
- How about licenses in this case? Do I have to "activate" Windows somehow?
Thank you very much for any hint!