Running Windows XP Programs In Linux
I am new to both the Linux OS and this Linux forum as well, so I hope that everyone can just bare with me a little bit.
I am excited to have made the choice to enter the world of Linux. In making this transition I am coming from using Windows XP, and with that being said I have quite a bit of software that I would like to be able to use under Linux.
I am aware that Linux has a great deal of software created to replace popular titles used on Windows and Apple based operating systems, but there are many programs that I don't want to let go.
In doing research in the past I have seen a couple of different options of how to handle this such as...
1.) Running Windows XP in a Virtual environment
2.) Using a program such as Wine HQ
However, I have not yet tried these above methods out. I don't really want to run Windows in the way that most virtual environment programs work in and Wine HQ doesn't support all programs and or newest versions of them (although this is a pretty amazing program when you think of what it is capable of).
Also just to give more information, I am currently using LinuxMint.
Now to my question, and I know there is a little bit of a line to be crossed here.
Not sure if it makes sense to anyone, but I am looking for a method of incorporating my Windows XP into Linux seemlessly to the point where you don't even know that Windows XP is running the Windows based programs.
The two general ideas I have for accomplishing this are (I know both of the ideas kind of overlap each other)...
1.) Some kind of coding that allows you to install Windows XP onto your system as well and be able to run Windows based programs under Linux but through Windows XP itself.
2.) Some kind of virtual environment where it just opens the Windows based program immediately without having to open up the virtualization of Window XP and then have to use Windows XP in a window and open the program through that.
Now I am sure that hardcore Linux users would not want Linux and Windows to touch in anyway, but I am just trying to make my transition as smooth as I can.
I also know that my above ideas may be far fetched, but I have seen some and heard of amazing things that Linux coders can do, so I figured I would see if anyone has any ideas.
I thank you all in advance for reading this and for any help that anyone can share.