I use Corel Ventura Publisher v10 (written for W2K then patched for 2003 XP) to produce 2 "directories" for two groups which have 300-600 members. Each directory includes bio info and a photo, plus other materials. Ventura has a DataBase Publisher application that can extract all this information, as well as the mug shot filename, directly from the database (Which is a DBF format, Lotus Approach, also a legacy app) and flows this into 50-60 formatted pages in seconds. Glitches, such as too many characters per line, need manual intervention, takes maybe an hour. Then when it is done, CVP can output the pages in a 3x3 13 x 19 matrix to make lithographic printing simple.\n\nInDesign cannot do any of this. Without spending nearly a thousand dollars on plugins, first for the data import and second for the flowing data to multiple pages, and third to "impose" the pages appropriately. InDesign is the only alternative.\n\nThree weeks ago the database publisher module spaced out and would not work. W10 had killed it was my initial thought. So I did the job by using Word's mail merge (not very different from WordStar 40 years ago! (Shame on you MS!) and then manually editing...took 7 days of 10-12 hours/day instead of 4-5 hours.\n\nGot to thinking about options. Building an XP only box was one, and I had a couple of old Pentium boxes I could use. Then I looked at using XP Mode in the W7 box I have. Ventura is a "linked" application, it imports and links nearly everything, and thus if you move the app from one box to another you then need to make sure all linkages are correct. Hard or impossible to do on a VM and I couldn't get it to recognize "E:/" by itself, because E:/ was on the host machine and was not addressed as E:/ but as "Bruno e:/" so things would not relink. And manually fixing all the linkages was not part of the plan.\n\nAnyway, I got the project done but I got to thinking about how to solve the problem once and for all. MS is going to dump 32 bit and all legacy apps RSN. A VM wasn't reliable enough, and I didn't want to regress to a 1999 era machine. What about...dual boot?\n\nI found an XP on eBay with Sata drivers built in (item 223388759671). And decided to tackle a dual boot machine using my W7 box (because W10 won't dual boot old windows OSes. W7 will) \n\nSo that's my plan. I will update as it unfolds. As to "security," I think I'll simply deactivate the network adapter in XP and deal with moving things via USB or a data transfer cable.