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Virtual PC 7.0 for Mac 7.0 With Windows XP Professional

by Microsoft Software
Macintosh, Mac OS X


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  • Platform:   Macintosh, Mac OS X
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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From the Manufacturer

Virtual PC for Mac Version 7 for Windows XP Professional is the premier edition. The best of the best. The big kahuna. This is the Virtual PC for busi nesses and advanced home users. It has the most robust communication, security and networking capabilities.

Expand the power of your Mac with the application that makes it possible for yo u to access PC-only software, files, networks, and devices from your Mac. Virtu al PC 7, which is compatible with the Mac G5, offers important improvements in support, speed, and reliability.

New Features:

  • Zero Configuration Printing
    For Panther users (Mac OS X version 10.3), Virtual PC 7 eliminates the need to download special printer drivers. Simply click "print" and tap into the sam e printing functionality and drivers used by your Mac OS.
  • Better Graphics Handling
    Virtual PC 7 delivers faster, cleaner graphics with a screen that redraws m ore quickly and graphics that are more responsive.
  • Fast Save
    Now you can shut down your virtual PC in one easy step and easily relaunch right where you left off. Simply stated, Virtual PC 7 puts the application to s leep so you can easily get back to your Mac.
  • Expanded Preferences
    Sounds, toolbars, shortcuts, memory, and even dock inclusion are found in t he new Virtual PC 7 preferences and settings, giving you exceptional control ov er your Virtual PC experience.
Additional Features:
  • G5 Support
    Virtual PC 7 was significantly rewritten to take advantage of the powerful Mac G5 processors and Mac OS X version 10.3 (Panther).
  • Improved User Experience
    An all-new setup assistant guides you through a simple, intuitive installat ion process. The step-by-step Getting Started Guide provides user-friendly help , and once you are up and running you can take advantage of the easier printing and expanded preference options in Virtual PC 7.
  • Cut and Paste Between Platforms
    Virtual PC 7 and your Mac share the same clipboard, making it easy to copy and paste between programs no matter which platform--Windows or Mac--you are us ing.
  • Share Folders and Removable Media
    Share folders and other media between platforms. Simply save files in a fol der on your Mac and retrieve them from within Windows.
  • Use Both Mac and PC Peripherals
    Use a variety of PC and Mac peripherals including printers, external drives , and more, even if they were designed for use exclusively with a PC.

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Amazon.com: 2.6 out of 5 stars  65 reviews
173 of 177 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Works as advertised... Oct. 11 2004
By Barbara A. Blackburn - Published on Amazon.com
Keep in mind that VPC 7 is an emulator not a replacement for a real PC. You're not going to be able to play Doom 3 with VPC. Forget about it. And don't complain when you buy it and find out it doesn't play your favorite PC games.

VPC is for those (like me) who primarily use a mac but find they have to step in the world of Windows from time to time because of work or whatever.

VPC runs most productivity software with no problems. I use it to open various files so I can convert them for use on my mac, to stream video online using the Windows viewers (which often don't work in OSX).

But most importantly I use VPC to run all the kewl GPS/Mapping software available for the PC that isn't available on OSX yet. This includes connecting my PDA, my Garmin GPS 60Cs, etc.

Works so well that sometimes I forget I'm using an emulator. VPC prints to my mac USB printer with no problems. Links up to my DSL connection. Consdering it's a software driven emulator it's really an amazing accomplishment.

Which is why I hate seeing a bunch of one-star ratings from kids who mistakenly thought VPC was going to transform their mac into a PC game machine. Thats' NOT the purpose of this software as stated in the product description.

BTW I'm posting this via Explorer THROUGH VPC7 emuilating a Windows 2000 machine. 'Nuff said.

BTW I noticed a lot of the reviewers here are woefully short when it comes to memory. VPC thrives on memory. The more you have the better it runs. I have 1.5 gig of RAM as opposed to the 512 meg one reviewer has. I wouldn't recommend runningn VPC with less than a gig.
67 of 70 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good! Nov. 5 2004
By J. A. Weiland - Published on Amazon.com
Virtual PC 7 was loaded on two computers in my home. One is a G5 single 1.8 with 1GB RAM and the other is an 800Mhz iBook with 384MB RAM. I then loaded Peachtree Complete Accounting on both and MS Office 2000. This is my first time using any Virtual PC. So after reading various reveiws at Amazon and in various magazines, expectations were not high. However, I was pleased with the response time and quickness of the product. In fact Peachtree runs "Virtually" better than it does on the Windows system at work. Interestingly enough, Virtual PC 7 runs much better on the iBook than it does on the G5. With the horsepower of the G5 I thought it would blow the iBook out of the water. Not true. It may be that VPC7 is "new" to the G5 processor yet and there are still bugs to work out. (After all, it is a Microsoft product).

Startup and shutdown of VPC7 on the G5 is horridly slow (almost 2 minutes each). Pack a lunch. The iBook startup and shutdown of VPC7 takes about 30 seconds each. Again, amazing!

Other than the minor G5 issues mentioned, Virtual PC 7 works fine. Would I buy it again, yes!
36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars updated review Oct. 8 2004
By D. Zerafa - Published on Amazon.com
You can increase performance to P3 / P4 levels by disabling services.
Disable 90% of the services XP runs in the background (Does a desktop really need wireless zero config enabled by default?!?!?) and speed should be as good as Home.

I still wouldn't try playing games, I'm just using it to run some Windows only programs for school.

Updated Rating : 4 stars.

Disable the services that you don't need to run XP:

-Fast User switching
-Messenger (ALWAYS DISABLE THIS!)
-Portable Media Serial Number
-Remote Registry (ALWAYS DISABLE THIS!)
-Secondary Login
-SSDS Discovery Service
-Terminal Services
-Upload Manager
-Server (If this is just going to be a standalone version of Windows no need for the service.)
-System Restore Service (VPC takes care of this.)
-Computer Browser
-Webclient
-Network Location Awareness (MS's network integration to VPC may depend on this so its a tossup if you need to disable it.)
-Theme (Since most Mac users aren't impressed with XP's Fisher Price theme anyways disabling the theme engine can free up some RAM and some speed.) You'll just be forced to use an Windows 2000-ish theme.

So do I think that my Mac/Windows experience is still ruined? Not any more. But still keep your expectations in check.

-- original review --
I'm running this on a brand new 12' powerbook with 756M RAM (512M allocated to the Virtual PC). The OS launches in a reasonable amount of time and performance I observed is at the level of a Pentium 2 (maybe a 3). Sound card performance is slightly choppy as well. Granted I've not thoroughly tested it out yet and perhaps some tuning will improve performance. Perhaps this product may be an acquired taste. I would suggest this product does have usefulness -- for cross platform testing and for apps that are not too resource intensive. But for me for now it ruins the Mac experience and the Windows experience in one fell swoop. My recommendation, buy a second Windows laptop or desktop to fully enjoy Windows and keep your Mac pure.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Version 7 Very Solid on G5 Oct. 29 2004
By John Ingram - Published on Amazon.com
I got a dual G5 from my job, and they sent Virtual PC 6 along with it. It was only then that I realized that Virtual PC 6 did not support the G5 processor. I tried VPC6 on my 550 PowerBook and was not impressed AT ALL. It was absolutely miserable. Microsoft promised Virtual PC 7 in October and said it would support the G5. Well, a few days ago I realized it was out and it was purchased for me, and I got it today.

I was a little nervous when starting it, trying to remind myself that emulation is never very fast and that what I was hoping for was "usable". Well, to my surprise, I got much more than usable. Much, much more. It runs very well indeed.

The other reviews that I've seen here for this product might refer to the previous version, or they might refer to this version on different hardware. I cannot vouch for this product on lesser hardware, as my PowerBook is temporarily out of commission. But on a dual G5 1.5 Ghz machine with a GB of memory, it runs just as well as you might think it should.

The only consistent problem that I've had with it is that audio is choppy, to the point of unusability in the audio department. It does make sounds and it's fine for that. But watching video or listening to music would be a drag with this choppiness. Minor detail, since most people use VPC because they have to use Windows applications for work or something like that. For that, it's great.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Be realistic Dec 16 2004
By Becky - Published on Amazon.com
I do freelance bookkeeping and payroll for a number of clients, and the old PC I was using for work finally gave up the ghost. So I decided to get VPC instead of a new PC, as I really prefer my Mac, and financially it made sense. The program I'm using VPC for is Quickbooks Pro 2004.

My computer: Rev. A Flat-Panel iMac, 800 Mhz G4, 768 MB RAM, OS 10.2.8

The installation was incredibly smooth and fast, which pleasantly surprised me. By default, VPC wants to install Windows in your Documents folder, which seemed bizarre to me, but I installed it in the Applications folder with no complications.

Things started to slow down after that point. Setting up Windows took *forever* (as at that point I was on the "virtual" machine, which for me runs at 233 Mhz). The good news is that when you finish a session in VPC, the program saves Windows' state (as if it were hibernating), so the next time you don't have to go through the interminably long process of waiting for the virtual machine to boot.

I encountered trouble when I tried to print to my HP 920c, which is a USB printer. After doing some googling, I realized there is an update patch to VPC (7.01) and after installing it, printing works fine.

As for using Quickbooks, it's really quite responsive and I have no complaints. It's easily as fast and stable as it was on the 5-year-old PC I was using, if not moreso. I think the key to VPC is being realistic about what it is and what it's intended to do. For my purposes, it's perfect!

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