I am new to this forum, so first I would like to give a brief description of my scenario:
I assembled a machine with an Asus M2NPV-VM, and an Athlon 64, running XP32.
Few months later, I wanted to use the full H/W capability, and loaded XP64. When loaded Office 2003, found it faster than under XP32.
Before going to the web, tried to restore NAV2006, then learning it doesn’t work. So, I scaled back to XP32.
Other old S/W I have runs only on W2KPE, so I virtualized the machine (with Virtual PC 2004, free from Microsoft), and now I have no problem in that regard.
If the speed gain of XP64 justifies it, I would like to reinstall XP64 as the host (running those applications which are compatible), with both XP32 (running those other applications & devices for which I have drivers), and W2KPE (as guests OS) for the others.
My question which leads me to this forum:
a) I’d like to go Avast and use XP64 front end (IE6 and Outlook from Office 2003) to link to the web / email, but how good is it? How often do they update the virus definitions?
b) For those experienced, how does my scheme sound?
Thanks in advance for your comments and help.