Dreamofgilgamesh - If you needed to use Windows for heavy-duty apps, such as video editing/conversion, a hard-drive install would be best. But for lighter duties apps - particularly on Internet - an XP install in Virtual-Box should work very well.
You can now install Oracle's V-Box via the "Getvirtualbox" in Synaptic. This works very easily and well. It has the 'Guest Additions', which used to be separate, included. You create a "connection" directory in Linux /home - then configure the link easily from V-Box - to transfer material between the Guest System - say, your XP - and the Host System, your Linux.
Using Internet from XP in V-Box is no problem - it just picks it up immediately. Use I.E. once to download Firefox for Windows, install FF, and make it 'priority'. I run things like 'Screamer' Internet Radio and Pidgin Messaging, which work as soon as installed - so your Windows Internet app should be no problem...