In and of itself, running XP as a virtual machine doesn’t make it any less vulnerable. You can add security by restricting what you do inside a virtual machine to the bare minimum required.
Unfortunately, as Microsoft ends support for XP any strategy to make it 100% safe will also render it virtually useless. A virtual machine does add some protection, just know the pitfalls.
Sometimes you need an old program that won’t run on your current operating system. No Problem! Virtual machines to the rescue.
Older games need a different operating system than the one provided by Windows 7 or 8. With a virtual machine, you can run Windows XP (and your games) on any machine that has enough power.
When you create a backup image of your machine, it contains everything; that’s the definition of a backup image.
Games can be some of the most demanding software out there. Many older games will play just fine on newer machines, but occasionally you’ll run into problems. I’ll look at some of the alternatives.