Virtual PC

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The Virtual PC Application
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The Virtual PC Application
A list of virtual machines.  You can have any number installed and running.
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A list of virtual machines. You can have any number installed and running.

Virtual PC is a software product that allows x86 operating systems (most notably Microsoft Windows) to be run on PowerPC-based Macs. Virtual PC was originally created by Connectix and more recently acquired by Microsoft. Despite the obvious advantages of this software, the emulation is rather slow and as it does not support 3D hardware it is not suitable for game play.

Virtual PC has been made available both independently and as a part of the professional edition of Microsoft Office

Future of Virtual PC

Microsoft announced that Virtual PC will not be updated for Intel processors.

Versions

  • Version 6 and earlier work exclusively on G3 and G4 based Macs
  • Version 7 is needed to run on G5 based Macs. Virtual PC 7 comes in several different editions that are bundled with different operating systems or as a standalone, requiring you to supply a suitable Operating system. The most recent version is 7.0.3.
  • Version 7.0.2 is required for Virtual PC to run correctly under Mac OS X v 10.4


Links

Microsoft Mactopia page for Virtual PC