I am primarily a Linux user (Linux Mint). I am also a college student at an online school. My school requires that I install a remote access client (LogMeIn or GoToMeeting) so they can proctor me while I take exams.
Those programs don't run well under WINE, at least for me, so until now I've been using a virtual machine running Windows for my exams. But apparently the school now decided that's bad and students shouldn't be allowed to use VMs while taking exams. They literally started running a script before exams that detects if it's running in a VM.
Literally the only thing I ever use Windows for is taking exams, and I really don't have exams that often, so obviously I find the new policy a little (lot) frustrating. I approached the school about it, trying to see if they would let me use a different remote client that runs on Linux for the proctor to use. They gave me the bird and told me I have to use Windows or MacOS.
I really don't want to buy a new machine just for exams, nor do I want to have to repartiton my hard drives and set up a dual boot. Last time I used dual boot it was an unholy mess; Windows kept screwing things up every time I would use it, making my Linux system stop booting.
I'd like some way to be able to install and run windows on my machine, without touching my existing Linux system at all. I'm thinking maybe if there is some way I can install Windows (or MacOS, I really don't care, though Windows seems more likely to work and I actually have a licence for it) on a flash drive, or if I can somehow boot to a virtual hard drive without running it from within a VM, or something like that, so I can take the exam without the school yelling at me. Does anyone know how I might accomplish something like this?