|Drivers for XP on a more recent/newer laptop may not always be available; as "grasshopper" comments... Chipset drivers at least may not exist to allow it? Thus the VM approach is a logical path to go?|
You might check with website for the make/model of your laptop to see if it supported with regard to XP; as some of the fairly recent makes/models are - but not all.
Incidentally what is the make/model?
Also - how did you set about installing XP...?