I have a lot of issues with Windows OS, can I ditch the whole lot once I have installed Linux ?.
Sounds like it could be MalWare.
You may want to use Ultimate Boot CD DBAN option to wipe the hard drive before installing Linux.
And/or scan your Windows System with a Spyware/Adware detector such as Spybot S&D and/or Malwarebytes, Bitdefender, etc. particularly if you plan on keeping Windows.
Wipe your drive and make a nice fresh install of the distro of your choice. DBAN is a great way to wipe your drive, and even if you have a windows program you really need, you can use WINE, or boot up a windows virtual machine with VirtualBox or VMware.
dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda bs=4096 conv=notrunc,sync
Yes the distro's installer will allow you to hose windows completely - just tell it to use the entire disk or just go into manual partitioning, delete all partitions and create the ones you want. Windows and all associated data will be no more - so ensure you backed up.Is this possible with my machine?
You seem misinformed. You're under the illusion that running windows virtualised inside a secure OS will make it as secure as the host OS - this is quite simply not the case. The virtualised windows will require exactly the same security measures and precautions as would windows running on bare metal and will have all of the same problems and vulnerabilities.Then install Win XP into Virtual Box.
Once all this is done & running fine,
my intentions are to only(?) use Win XP
running inside Virtual Box for all my
computing needs (no games or like).
It's possible, but it's also utterly pointless...Is this possible to do?
Nope.And if possible, is it recommended?
No idea - certainly no guarantees that everything will work.Will all my Windows & DOS based programs
work, like my voice over IP Magic Jack for
instance, inside Windows inside Virtual Box, do
You should just buy a decent router/gateway/firewall if you don't already have one - it will give much the same level of protection. Or you could set up a GNU/Linux box as your router if you're willing to invest the time and effort involved.Reason I want to do this is for security
and privacy reasons, yet not give up my needed XP
apps like Magic Jack or my Internet Download
Manager SW, or iTunes, etc..