Virtual PC 7.0 for Mac 7.0 With Windows XP Professional
- Platform: Mac OS X, Macintosh
- Media: CD-ROM
- Item Quantity: 1
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.
- 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.
- 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
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.
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!
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!)
-SSDS Discovery Service
-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.)
-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.
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.
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!