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Virtual PC for Mac 6.1

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  • Run Windows-based software on your Mac
  • Share Files Easily Between Macs and PCs
  • Share folders and removable media
  • A True Mac Application
  • Access improved cross-platform graphics and content
  • Emulate a PC
  • Improved printing and monitor support
  • Enjoy easy installation

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System Requirements

  • Platform:   Mac
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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  • ASIN: B0000AI0NV
  • Release Date: 5 Sept. 2003
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,000 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Product Description

Virtual PC for Mac version 6.1 delivers true PC compatibility by enabling your Mac to run Windows applications, access PC networks, use Windows-only Internet applications and share files with PC-based colleagues. Virtual PC provides you with the functiona

Manufacturer's Description

Improved to let your Mac run Windows applications more productively. Virtual PC supports both Mac OS X and Mac OS 9, so it's flexible enough to cater to every user. Virtual PC makes it easy to run Windows programs, access PC networks, use Windows-only Internet applications and share files with PC-based colleagues. With Version 6.1, those running the latest version of Jaguar will find an overall speed improvement of up to 25%. Users will experience a new Dock integration which delivers the ability to launch Windows applications directly from your Mac OS X Dock! Other new features include desktop mounting of drive images*, increased video RAM and automatic detection of USB printers.

  • Improved performance - Run Virtual PC 6.1 in the latest version of Jaguar and see a significant performance increase as compared to previous versions running in Mac OS X.
  • Dock integration - Launch Windows applications directly from the Mac OS X dock.
  • Enhanced back-up support - Desktop Drive Mounting in Virtual PC on Mac OS X makes it easier to backup your Windows files.
  • Improved printing - Improved USB printing support for increased compatibility.
  • Video support for Apple's monitors including the new 23" Cinema Display flat panel. Full screen support for resolutions up to 1920x1200 in true color.
  • Self-contained configurations - Virtual machine data is now self-contained, which makes it easy to transfer virtual machines between Mac OS; if you manage a lab, installing on several machines is a snap.
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    21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Dec. 2003
    Virtual PC is a great solution if you have just converted from PC to Mac and have software which either isn't available for Mac or you just don't want to buy it all again. It also gave instant support for the PocketPC which is a big bonus.
    As previous reports have mentioned this version requires you a licenced version on Windows but this is very clear from the packaging and the web site and there are other version available with various version's of Windows available if you don't have a copy. This is actually great if you are moving from PC to Mac as you will probably have a spare XP licence from the old PC and saves you buying a new one.
    Instalation was very easy but thats what you expect for a Mac.
    The main problem with the software is it can be quite slow when doing CPU intensive tasks such as compiling a large Visual C++ program. The Microsoft site is quite honest about this and I think its safe to assume if you are planning to use this to play the latest PC games you will be sadly disapointed.
    The only other techinical problem is it does not work on the new G5 series
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    16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Andy Millward VINE VOICE on 12 Mar. 2004
    Well, first thing to say is that Virtual PC works. I've got a fully operational version of XP Pro sitting quite happily on my PowerBook, running a host of native Windows software without a murmur. I can read CDs and switch data between formats without batting an eyelid - quite an improvement on the bad old days when running a Mac meant effectively being cut off from civilisation!
    The downside is that you shouldn't expect lightening performance for running your latest video games; the system resources allocated by default mean this is a serviceable Windows environment, but no more than that. Even running two comparatively small applications leaves XP running at the pace of cold treacle. I've also had trouble in getting the printer settings to work as expected without having to reboot the Mac after closing the Virtual PC session.
    In short, this is fine for simple operations and running software not otherwise available for the Mac environment (eg. Microsoft Access & Project.) Just remember not to push it too hard...
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    40 of 54 people found the following review helpful By "forthemarket" on 30 Nov. 2003
    Absolute scrap - Mac users, don't buy this programme. It suggests on the box that Windows is included, but it isn't. Furthermore, if you install Windows XP, for instance, it runs as slow as old DOS or a quarter the speed of Windows 95 on a PC. Absolutely not for Macs. I wasted £109 for Virtaul PC, PLUS £180 for Windows XP. I was forced to try it because of the necessity to run some Windows-based programmes on Mac.
    Stay away!
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    Amazon.com: 8 reviews
    26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
    Works well in Panther. 12 Dec. 2003
    By Timothy Read - Published on Amazon.com
    If you've been using previous versions of Virtual PC and upgraded to Panther to find that they weren't working, you will, unfortunately, need to upgrade to Virtual PC 6.
    This is not an entirely bad thing. VPC6 has generally been more stable in my experience, and has added some great features. First and foremost, dock integration. VPC6 allows you to use a Start Menu in your dock, which can speed up the process of using the software -- just click, go to the program you want like you would in Windows, and then VPC will launch and start the program.
    Also, it allows you to have currently running programs in your VPC session show up in the dock. You can retain these icons in the dock, or use them to force quit an app (although this doesn't work 100% of the time in my experience). Finally, running apps are now shown in the window that pops up when you do a command-option-escape. You can force quit them there if they hang, but again, I've had spotty results.
    If you work in an environment such as web design, where you must see your site on all kinds of OS + browser combos, this is absolutely great. It beats having a PC around. However, for extremely processor-intensive tasks, you will need a PC. This is just an emulation, and when you get beyond casual use, you will find that it's underpowered for huge tasks. But for opening strange PC-specific files, tweaking the odd access database, or checking websites (especially if your bank refuses to work with Mac browsers), Virtual PC is great.
    It will also easily grab your old VPC5 discs and import them into 6.
    18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
    Great compatibility, but not for the G5 21 Nov. 2003
    By Michael McDaniel - Published on Amazon.com
    I use VirtualPC 6.1 on my iBook, which has a G3 processor. It works well, though it's a little pokey. That's not unexpected, though. Watch out if you have one of Apple's new G5 computers -- the G5 processor eliminated the "little-endian mode" that VirtualPC relies on. Thus, this product won't work at all for G5 users. Microsoft claims to be working on a new version of the software to address this, but has no published schedule for this right now.
    16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
    Extreemly Slow. Do not waste your money 11 April 2004
    By L. Sudairy - Published on Amazon.com
    First let me tell you my operating system:
    iMac G4 800 Mhz with 512 Mb Ram
    In Short:
    Pros:
    1- It is cool to have a windows operating system on your mac, and run windows applications on it.
    2- multi operating systems
    3- more stable than an actual PC
    CONS:
    1- EXTREEEEEEMLY Slow.
    2- LIMITATIONS: most application will run tooo slow to even consider using them.
    Description:
    1- EXTREEEEEEMLY Slow. and I do not mean it is tolarable. nope, it is taking me 3 hours and still going, just to install my HP all in one 6100.
    2- LIMITATIONS: you realy cannot run many applications, and I do not mean at the same time. Yes it is probably true that you can run almost any application that runs on a PC on the virtual PC, but not in a way that is usefull. I was able to install ALMOST every application that I can thin k of (sometimes they take ALOT of time to install), but when it is time to run them, they are sooooo slow, that I just give up.
    let me give you a sense of how slow: to start explorer, it might take 1- 2 MINUTES, same for Word, anything that is not microsoft takes much longer it seems. Trying to run a trading software such as Harris Direct Marketspeed or Fidelity's active trader is not possible. These two applications would take around 15 minutes (versus < 1 minute in a pc with the same operating system and with a Pentium II ~ 400 MHz processor) that is if they even work at all. Opening "my computer" takes 10- 60 seconds depending if there is any other application working.
    IN SUMMERY:
    this is a great concept, but I DO NOT recommend this application AT ALL ......... UNLESS you have a 1.25 G3 mac with > 1GB RAM, THEN you COULD TRY IT AND TELL US, I think then it might be tolarable. Possibly with the next version supporting the G5 it will run at an exceptable level (this one does not run on a G5).
    and PLEASE REMEMBER, if you DO NOT have WINDOWS 98, or above DO NOT PURCHASE THIS SOFTWARE, but purchase the one with operating system you want, since that will be much cheaper unless you want that OS for your PC.
    Works okay 16 Feb. 2009
    By S. Wilkinson - Published on Amazon.com
    Be prepared to spend a lot of time getting this going. To begin with, the product I received was not the product advertised as far as packaging was concerned. No Windows O/S was included, so I had to scrounge around and find a copy of XP, and install twice before I could get one to work. I had to learn to ignore various error messages until all updates were installed and then finally (many hours later) it all worked. But hey, I knew going in that it would take some doing to get XP to run on a PPC G4, and didn't have to spend much in the $$ category. It remains a but surreal to see an XP desktop on top of Tiger 10.4.9.
    Good PC emulator for an old G4 iMac 5 May 2015
    By Dr Writer Mom - Published on Amazon.com
    Verified Purchase
    I recently brought my old, old G4 iMac out of retirement to make use of some writing software that I used while writing the pieces I included in my first book, now that I am starting a second. I had some ancient PC applications and games that I wanted to revisit, so I purchased the most advanced PC emulator that I could use with my iMac model. It works, and I received it quickly.
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