2D support on XP is also better.
XPDM supports GDI acceleration, DirectDraw overlay/frame buffer access and in some cases, VGA modes (NTVDM; DOS games).
On Vista onwards, it is emulated. Though Win 7 and its driver model support things like GDI (not GDI+) acceleration again.
Also, XP 32-Bit can run 16-Bit software more or less just fine.
And it is less strict, because it runs in administrator level by default.
On Vista and up you're faced with an Unix/Linux level of nastiness. You can't kill system tasks, programs can't access certain folders due to permissions.
Global settings don't work properly
(DOSBox, for example, uses a dosbox.conf
Located in a home directory instead of its application folder).
Efit: On XP, it is possible to record StereoMix output.
On Vista and up, this nolonger works as easily, because of DRM "paranoia".
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