[muglo] Re: Virtual PC

  • From: Martin Albinger <max@xxxxxx>
  • To: muglo@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 9 Mar 2009 13:58:12 -0400

When doing Boot Camp you will need to re-partition your drive.  Not  
100% sure if this can be done on the fly.  To be on the safe side I  
would clone your current drive, partitioning it ( I suggest at least  
20GB for Windows XP sp3) then if things do go awry you can re-clone  
your system back to the mac partition, then install a copy of XP/ 
Vista onto the windows partition.  Look into WINE which may allow you  
to run that particular program without having to partition, install  
etc and all that other stuff.  WINE stands for windows is not  
needed.  Only works with Intel based machines.

There are a couple of man stream programs VMFusion and Parallels  
which behave more like Virtual PC, Cost is about $80 and I think with  
Parallels 4 you can do an on the fly partition or assign hard drive  
space.  Also Wayne D. mentioned a Sun Microsystems  virtual machine a  
few posts back as well which could work.

The main disadvantage to Boot Camp is that you have to shut down the  
Mac and then reboot as a windows machine.  The advantage is that it  
runs 100% native so there is no speed hit.  That may not be too  
important for you. Depends on your needs.  My daughter runs AutoCad  
using Parallels and for her it is 'quick' enough as her need for  
speed isn't that great.  The other programs let you run both systems  
at the same time, which if you have used VPC you would likely prefer.


On Mar 9, 2009, at 12:54 PM, Dean Danis wrote:

> Intel Macs can run Windows natively with out the need for a program  
> like Virtual PC. Boot Camp allows you to boot into either Mac OS X  
> or Windows on a separate partition, but not both at the same time.  
> Programs such as Parallels, or VMware allow you launch Windows  
> while in your Mac environment.
>> I have Virtual PC for Mac 6.1 which I used on my G4 Powerbook to  
>> run a PC
>> program that wasn¹t available in a mac version. Virtual PC was  
>> discontinued
>> for mac in 2006 and was not ported to Intel-based machines.
>> Does my current G4 tower have the capacity to run it?
>> Do the new macs running windows dispense with the need for it?
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