I currently have a dual boot 120 GB HDD, with Windows XP on sda1, Linux (Ubuntu 11.04) OS on sda6 and Linux /home on sda7 partitions.
When I want to use the only remaining Windows program that I need (MMoney), I boot into my existing Windows partition.
I want to cease using Windows because I do not want to continue to have to maintain and update Windows security and other patches or worry about security breaches. I have given up on Wine (very frustrating). So I thought I'd install Windows XP as a guest OS in VirtualBox. In so doing, here are my basic questions:
1) If I install XP as a guest OP in VirtualBox, will I still need to maintain/update Windows regularly as I do now on its existing sda1 partition to keep it secure?
2) Is it recommended/better to install VirtualBox on a new, separate partition instead of on my current sda7 (/home) partition?
3) Does VirtualBox really require a minimum 20GB HDD space?
4) Does the memory dedicated to VirtualBox reduce the memory available to Windows only when running a VirtualBox machine, or all the time?
Anything else I should know? Thanks for helping out a beginner!