I just purchased new PC that came with Windows 7 Home Premium. I upgraded graphics, cpu and memory because I plan to use the PC for graphics animation (Maya 7) which will only run in XP -- my XP Pro machine crashed. Was wondering if I could use Windows 7 Home Premium, Virtual PC and my ACTUAL XP Pro license, rather than having to spend the money for upgrade to Windows 7 Pro. In other words, can you use Windows 7 Home Premium; download the Virtual PC and then install an actual license of XP Pro (rather than using the XP Mode)?
Or am I better off going with a dual boot system (Windows 7 Home Premium and XP Pro)?