After converting physical machine to VMware virtual machine, I had problems opening display properties. Data execution prevention prevented some features.
Changing settings under system properties --> advanced--> data execution prevention and allowing application did not help.
So I edited boot.ini and disabled DEP via adding /noexecute=AlwaysOff .
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /NoExecute=AlwaysOff
A detailed description of the Data Execution Prevention (DEP) feature in Windows XP Service Pack 2, Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005, and Windows Server 2003