If you get the Professional or Ultimate versions, there's a special XP mode.
This is an often asked question. And the answer is a qualified yes.
Your best bet is to run in the XP mode. Look in Win. Help file or web on how to do this.
Also, if you have the data file on a hard drive over 1T it will give errors as the size is so large it can not recognize it. You will have to make a smaller partition for it to see it.