I have a raspberry pi 3 model b, and I currently use it for RetroPie, and I know there's a thing that lets me dual boot on it.

But my question is, would my pi handle WinXP as an emergency back-up workstation for drawing on Clip Studio Paint?
just been thinking it would be a good measure in case my computer meets it's doom somehow.

And quick fyi: My pi does have a fan and heatsinks to ensure heating problems don't ensure (I think).

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    what yor Pi does not have, is a CPU that is capable of running winXP
    – jsotola
    Feb 18 '20 at 5:31

You are able to execute different installations on the SD Card using programs like NOOBS or better PINN instead, berryboot, U-boot etc. to start them. But the installations must be compiled for the ARM processor (armhf) of the Raspberry Pi. This is the case for example with Raspbian but not with Windows XP. It is compiled for intel or amd processors (iX86) so you cannot run it on a Raspberry Pi.

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    An emulator could potentially perform a mapping from x86 to ARM, although I guess it would be horribly slow. Feb 18 '20 at 13:31

sorry for the late reply.

You can use berry boot to create two different poses to boot, and install qemu on one, get xp working on a VM, get it to boot on startup and then it should have a dual boot of xp and raspbian.

Xp will be slow though, because you are emualting x86, and xp likes 1gb of ram.

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    How do you do that? It would be nice if you could elaborate your answer a bit about the setup.
    – Ingo
    Mar 19 '20 at 13:25

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