> You need to run FM8 in an XP virtual machine ...
That would probably fix it, however ...
It will need to be a 3rd party VM, because Mr.Bill doesn't support "XP Mode" for Windows8. That was a Win7 [Ent/Pro/Ult only] thing.
If you upgraded from Win7 in place and had XPM installed, it might work. "Compatibility Mode" is no substitute. If you can downgrade to Win7, XPM is still available for download (it's huge, and is an old XP/32 install, which needs all 200+ Windows Updates). With a 3rd-party VM, you'll need to get an XP license and code by some other means.
You may need to have a CPU that supports hardware virtualization. Almost all AMDs made in the last decade do. Intel CPUs, esp. low end SKUs, often don't (reportedly fused off because you didn't pay enough). A Dell PC will almost certainly have an Intel CPU.