It appears that I may have lucked out. A Quicken Windows 7 install attempt did install, did run, loaded the data file and updated itself--we'll see.
In retrospect I'm not sure I understand your point of running the installer inside XP and I should get a handle on this thing if I need to really do an XP install.
The virtual window opened at ~2/3's the Windows 7 screen and I left it that way. Installing from the DVD, unless you're saying you drag the initial installer screen inside the virtual desktop, one has no control over if or if not the installer is using the virtual space?
Ah, unless you maximize the virtual desktop window to consume the entire Windows 7 desktop then the installer only 'sees' the virtual space?