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Windows 7: Installing XP on a VM?

15 Jan 2016   #1
shadow2201

Microsoft Windows 10 Professional 64-bit
 
 
Installing XP on a VM?

Noob to how VM's work and what not, but if I were to install Windows XP on a VM, am I still subject to security flaws that come along with having XP since there are no longer patches released by Microsoft for XP?


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15 Jan 2016   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Theoretically no - because the internet traffic is controlled by the host system.
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15 Jan 2016   #3
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Yes, the XP installation would be at risk. Security software running on the host would provide very little security. XP running on a virtual machine would provide a level of protection to the host but with malicious software nothing is certain.
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15 Jan 2016   #4
shadow2201

Microsoft Windows 10 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LMiller7 View Post
Yes, the XP installation would be at risk. Security software running on the host would provide very little security. XP running on a virtual machine would provide a level of protection to the host but with malicious software nothing is certain.
So I'd be "somewhat safer" having it on a VM, but it being on a VM doesn't provide me with total protection? I wasn't sure if the VM was separate enough from the system that if the VM got infected, the main system would be ok, or if the main system would have to get infected for the VM to get infected, or how exactly it works.

I apologize, again I'm new to VM's and I don't want to go in uneducated.
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15 Jan 2016   #5
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

If the host is sharing anything with the VM, such as in a network connection, that would provide an entry for malware. I don't know if there are any cases of malware in a VM directly infecting a host but I am sure that malware authors are investigating the possibility. Malware in all it's forms has become very sophisticated in recent years.

Security is always relative. There is no such thing as total protection.
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15 Jan 2016   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Best protection is scouting the internet with a Linux distro.
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15 Jan 2016   #7
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Yes, if possible it would be best to avoid Internet access with the XP VM. That would be the biggest thing you could do to improve it's security. If you must a good AV product would be needed. Microsoft Security Essentials can no longer be installed on XP.
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