View Full Version : Virtual PC for Mac (Version 7) - what, why, where?
6th February 2007, 09:14 PM
Ok, now why would anyone want to do this? Run XP or another M$ operating system on a Mac? Well, some folk do, and some pay loadsamoney to do so - Bootcamp and Parallels are but two that spring to mind. So why not give Virtual PC for the Mac a go if you really are desperate to sully that nice shiny new Mac of yours....... But if you're migrating from one to the other it may make a lot of sense to be able to "guest" in Windows XP while you adjust to the Mac OS X (Tiger now, Leopard soon).
Link to the homepage for Virtual PC for the Mac is here http://www.microsoft.com/mac/products/virtualpc/virtualpc.aspx?pid=virtualpc
Edit: Its not free!
7th February 2007, 08:48 AM
I have tried Parallels & Bootcamp
Although parallels was fun to start with - it had a few problems ( it seemed to run really slowly on 512k - so badly that sometimes I had to remove the battery from my Macbook as everything would just freeze up ( I do realise it was a windows emulator - but that it ridiculous ! :p )
OK so it may be a different story now I have a decent amount of RAM - but in the meantime I installed Bootcamp (which , incidently , is free ) and thiis is A LOT better - it is just like running Windows on any other PC , there are only a couple of downsides
1) you need a 15GB minimum Partition , and on the Macbook I only have 60 to start with ! - this isn't a huge problem as I store most of my stuff on my other computer anyway
2) No Vista support on the free beta ( I suspect Apple will have sorted this on the full version on leopard ) ... Not ony is there no Vista support , but you are tied to use a retail version of Windows XP SP2 - NOTHING ELSE !! no pre- sp1 version , no MCE , - it HAS to be an SP2 Disc , whereas Parallels suppurts ALL versions of Windows , Linux , you name it
Boot Camp seems the best idea IMO - if you wait and upgrade to Leopard .. it's all built in !
This is anpther trait that would carry over to other areas of industry rather well !
.... I am going to approach Lexus with my patented "Virtual Reliant" adaptor ( Which involves some pieces of plastic and taking a wheel off)
OR the for the TV market "Virtual 12" Black & white portable " - where you put your 42" Plasma in a big cardboard box with a 12" whole cut in the front of it ...
OR you could buy the "Virtual Jade Goody" .. which is basically a Pig mask for your wife
The possiblities are endless !
7th February 2007, 09:22 AM
Just to add: Virtual PC is not compatible with Intel Mac's.
7th February 2007, 03:51 PM
I'm still struggling with the concept of why anyone would buy a Mac and then load Windows XP or Vista on it :D
8th February 2007, 09:08 AM
I guess it really is reserved for people who have Windows-only applications. I use a few, major ones, some big companies are just that short sighted.
I'm lucky enough to have dedicated machines I can just VNC to for what I need to access. For a lot of people I guess that really isn't an option.
And hey, when people splash out on that new Mac sometimes they just like to have a safety net - I know I couldn't have deployed without it!
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