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Virtual PC for Mac 6.1 with Windows XP Home

Platform : Mac

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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: B0000AI0NX
  • Release Date: 5 Sept. 2003
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,889 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
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Amazon.co.uk Review

Virtual PC for Mac 6.1 with Windows XP Home is pretty much what the title suggests--a virtual PC that you can run on your Mac whenever you need to run a Windows-based program, or use a PC-only Web-based application, access a Mac-unfriendly network or share files with PC-based colleagues. If that's the case, then Microsoft might now have the answer.

Installation of the software is a slightly more lengthy process than for your average Mac title as it includes a full copy of the Windows XP Home Edition operating system, but the process is straightforward.

While the basic Virtual PC software itself is pretty compact, the virtual disk drives created by the program do take up a lot of space on your hard drive, meaning that you do need a lot (Microsoft recommend at least 2GB) of disk space spare for the program. Once it's up and running you're presented with a fully functioning version of Windows XP Professional, which can be used for pretty much anything you'd use a real PC for, including connecting to PC-only USB hardware or networks.

The program, which runs under both Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X, allows you to run the virtual PC either in a window on your Mac's desktop or full-screen, giving you with the initially disquieting sight of an Apple machine running Windows XP. There are plenty of clever touches that will be appreciated by those used to the Mac's ease-of-use. Text copied from an application on your Mac can be pasted into PC applications and vice versa while dragging and dropping of files from your Mac desktop to the PC desktop is similarly simple. Also, in Mac OS X, PC applications and the Start Menu appear in the dock for easy access. On the down side it is worth noting that this version of the software won't work on Apple's new G5 computers.

The speed of the emulated PC isn't enormous, even on high-end Macs (don't expect to be able to play resource hungry PC games using Virtual PC) but is more than adequate for the type of productivity application where lack of PC compatibility is generally an issue.

This version of Virtual PC includes Windows XP Home Edition, Microsoft's entry level version of Windows XP, but the program does allow to install as many different PC operating systems as you have room for on your hard drive. --Adi Himpson


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