As the booting experts I am hoping I can use your expertise to find a simple, straightforward way to boot a usb drive that will give me a way to run a virtualbox host, that in turn will run a windows xp guest.
I have tried a couple of linux distros (suse and Linux Mint) and have got no-where (Not enough linux knowledge).
I have looked at hirens but can't figure out how to get it to run virtualbox as part of its minixp system.
My objective is to run a virualbox winxp guest from a self-contained, portable os running on a flash drive that will boot from pretty much any system that it is attached to.
The winxp guest works under virtualbox without any issues on winxp. Win7 and Win 8. It does not require internet access, so the problem of wi-fi\lan drivers is reduced, but it would be an added bonus if it was available.
I'm not bothered what os is booted up as long as it will run the virtualbox host from a GUI
The software on the vbox guest will not run on anything newer the winxp SP2 and the connected peripherals are not supported on linux or newer windows systems (EOL Issues), but all work together inside the vbox.
This is intended to be an emergency stopgap\backup solution for when the existing system falls over for the final time. Using hirens or other rescue software on the same flash drive (To be able to recover additional data, would be an added bonus).
Any help would be greatly appreciated