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Microsoft Virtual PC for Mac 7.0 with Windows XP Professional
List Price: $249.99

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Product Description

Virtual PC 7 with Windows XP Pro makes it easy to create virtual drives that run their own operating systems. Run applications for Linux, OS/2 and other operating languages on the same machine -- and Switch between the drives with just a click. This bundle includes Windows XP Pro for working with the popular operating system on your Mac. Includes Windows XP Pro, the popular solution for your business and advanced home computing needs -- faster and more stable than ever!

  • Access PC-only software, files, networks, and devices with your Mac
  • Zero-configuration printing; better graphics handling; expanded preferences
  • Cut and paste between platforms; share folders and other media between platforms
  • Easily shut down virtual PC and relaunch right where it left off
  • G5 support; simple, intuitive installation process; use PC and Mac peripherals

Customer Reviews:

  • Ungodly Slow
    Virtual PC is so ungodly fricken slow that it is not useful for much of anything. It's a waste of money--buy a cheap PC if you want to run windows applications. A five year old computer will run Windows XP faster than Virtual PC will on the latest hardware....more info
  • IE blows, but VPC for Mac is excellent
    I had but one reason for purchasing VPC for Mac and that reason is simply to have the immediate ability to check my design work in a Windows environment. Period.

    My platform is a G5 dual processor with 8gb of RAM.

    1 - Installation was simple and fast.
    2 - I have NOT experienced a speed issue on start up - VPC starts almost immediately.
    3 - Loading web pages is somewhat slow, DSL speed.
    4 - Navigating the Windows interface is also button click fast.

    This program does exactly what I need it to do.

    Not to mention, for the first time since I received The Complete National Geographic CDrom collection 7 years ago, I was able to use it... on a Mac. ...more info
  • Buy a cheap PC instead!
    With the cost of this software, you're half way there anyway and the V-PC program is incredibly, mind-numbingly slow (and this is on a new G5 iMac with a gig of ram). There may be some settings or preferences (that I'm not aware of) that might help the speed issue, but it is certainly not plug-n-play like so many of the Mac apps I'm used to. Honestly, I wish I could get my money back....more info
  • It's just OK
    I had to purchase Virtual PC for my Mac because of software needs in a statistics class I'm taking. I tried to avoid this purchase as long as I could. Now that it has been installed (it took 3 install efforts) I find it to be slow and clumsy. It is now a part of my computer out of need - not desire. So far it is doing what it is supposed to do, but in the typical Windows non-intuitive manner with a lot of excuses and expectations that are not seen with the Mac OS. I guess it's OK, but I'm not a big fan of having it on my computer. I feel contaminated. If you need this software, it will do the job but no where near as well as what we have grown to appreciate with a Mac. ...more info
  • Slowwww.....
    I purchased MS Virtual PC 7.0 w/Windows XP about six months ago for use on my 1.33 Ghz G4 iBook.

    Setup was relatively easy and took about an hour and a half to complete. Unfortunately, it was all down hill from there.

    My main reason for buying Virtual PC was to run MS Money 2005 Deluxe on my Mac (Quicken for Mac is terrible, but that's another story). It took about 5 minutes to open my Money file. This was followed by an endless series of painfully long wait times between key strokes. Eventually it locked up completely. After about six more attempts I gave up.

    I tried playing several games like Rise of Nations and Age of Empires but they were just as tedious and often locked up during the initial loading. I strongly recommend against attempting to play and games on Virtual PC!

    One main problem with this program is that Virtual PC does not allow your computer to use its onboard video card. Instead it attempts to emulate an old 16MB S3 Trio video card with software only.

    Additionally, the maximum amount of System RAM Virtual PC will allow you to allocate is limited to 512 MB despite the fact that I have 1.25 GB of RAM available.

    Hopefully the next version removes the RAM limit and allows your system to use its video card instead of the painfully slow emulator. This program promises so much, but disappoints at nearly every junction. It's just far too tedious for everyday use in it's current form....more info
    It has been a real pleasure to do business with you.

    Thanks...more info
  • As sluggish as ever
    I was hoping this product would help run one MS product in my older Mac. It does, but very sluggishly, due to all the MS updates and misc. "stuff" that I need to load before I can run the one software program in question. Very disappointing....more info
  • Does what I need it to, but slooooooow...
    First, I agree completely with the previous review, which stated that it is foolish to expect this emulator to allow you to run high-end games like a native Windows machine. That's just not going to happen.

    As for myself, I use VPC for a small group of Windows-only programs (a bibliography database, some astronomy progs., and very little else), and I am grateful to have it, because these very useful pieces of software would otherwise be unavailable to me. In addition, all of the programs I have tried to run in VPC have installed and opperated smoothly, and the installation of the emulator itself was no problem.

    So, why only 3 stars? Because Virtual PC is, far and away, and without even a remotely close second, the *most* memory- and system-intensive program I have ever encountered. Mind you, I am running a reasonably powerful machine (G5, 1.8Ghz processor, 1 gig of RAM, plenty of hard drive space, etc.). Nevertheless, I would estimate that VPC takes about 2-2.5 *minutes* to load and as much as 6 (yes, you read that right SIX) minutes to save and shut down. Call me crazy, but a six minute shutdown time is absolutely absurd, for ANY program... if they couldn't refine it any more than that, they probably should have tweaked the software a bit before releasing it. Add to this the fact that, while it is running, my system slows to a physically painful crawl, making any sort of multitasking an excersize in extreme patience...

    I do plan to upgrade to 2 gigs of memory in the near future, and maybe that will help a bit, but I can't fathom how anyone with either less memory, or a slower processor than the specs I outlined above, could possibly run this program, without putting a hole in their computer's monitor.

    Good luck. ...more info
  • Works slowly, but it works.

    I had low expectations based on previous reviews.
    I'm using this on a 15" PowerBook with a 1.5GHz CPU and 1.5G Ram.

    It's slow. But it works.
    I needed to be able to run a few Windows-only programs, and Virtual PC did the trick. The set-up was a little confusing, but somehow I managed to get it to work. Unless you really need all the features of XP Pro, save a few dollars and go with the Home Edition, or, if you already own a legal copy of Windows, get the Virtual PC without Windows.

    If I purchase a G5 desktop in the future, I might be able to see the true beauty in this software. For now, it simply gets the job done, albeit slowly.

    WARNING: Don't even think about using this to play Windows-based games on your Mac, unless you're content with Solitaire.
    ...more info
  • very good software
    i don't have a mac anymore but this is what i got because i missed windows. i mean now i have a dell but thats a whole different story. And the software works fast for having all the apps of mac AND windows on it. i mean not real fast, but medium-slow speed. does the job well....more info
  • Virtual PC 7-XP Pro
    This works great. It will get your Office 2003 Pro running on your Mac. Not the fastest thing around, but fast enough to make it worth while. Probably wont run any PC games- don't get it for that use, go buy a cheep PC for that. ...more info
  • Does what I need it to do.
    VPC allows me to run Windows XP on my PowerBook G4. I use my PowerBook primarily when I consult, but occasionaly a client needs some work done that requires I run PC software, and VPC allows me to do this without lugging two laptops around. VPC is not fast. I have a 1.5 Ghz PB with 1 Gig RAM, which gives me a 300MHz emulation of a PC. This is fast enough for my work, but I would not want to do development, or play games on such a machine. In addition, I am able to run XP in one window and 2000 in another, so it is useful when I test across different systems....more info