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Old Jul 21st, 2005, 11:15 AM   #1
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Which version of Virtual PC can I use?

Reality intrudes, meaning I need to run Windoze programs sometimes.

I have a Mac Mini 1.25mhz running Tiger with 256 mb of RAM. I intend to upgrade the RAM, but that's it for now. I want to run the program native for OS X.

I'd like to know the version of Virtual PC I can use. The cheapest possible from Ebay. Thanks for the advice.
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Old Jul 21st, 2005, 11:42 AM   #2
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Version 6 or 6.1 works on G3 and G4s but not G5s, and I dont know for sure if it works on Tiger.
Verson 7 works on G3, G4 or G5s
If version 6 works on Tiger, then I might sell you my copy, I have a Win 98 OEM with VPC Version 6, that works perfect on any g3 or g4 with Panther or jaguar, you would have to check out if it works on Tiger.
I have all boxes, original CDs, paperwork, serial number, all real and regusterable.
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Old Jul 21st, 2005, 12:24 PM   #3
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If version 6 works on Tiger, then I might sell you my copy, I have a Win 98 OEM with VPC Version 6, that works perfect on any g3 or g4 with Panther or jaguar, you would have to check out if it works on Tiger.
That sounds okay, but let me get more info on the compatibility here and elsewhere. Anybody else know if it'll work?

One complication to consider: I pay in American $$$. I am your one of your noisy, friendly southern neighbors.
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Old Jul 21st, 2005, 12:27 PM   #4
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Reality intrudes, meaning I need to run Windoze programs sometimes.

I have a Mac Mini 1.25mhz running Tiger with 256 mb of RAM. I intend to upgrade the RAM, but that's it for now. I want to run the program native for OS X.

I'd like to know the version of Virtual PC I can use. The cheapest possible from Ebay. Thanks for the advice.
I just bought VPC 6.1 with Windows 98 SE.
I did a bit of research on that and decided that VPC 6 was better than VPC 7 and that of the Windows OSs available (98SE, 2000, Me and XP), Windows 98SE was the one to go with. Windows 2000 is not compatible with many windows programs I wanted to run and XP really slows things down because it's such bloated software; and Windows ME, well it's a piece of sh..... as I'm sure everyone knows.
If you know exactly which Windows programs you want to run, then pick the Windows OS accordingly.

I had installed VPC 6.1 with Windows 98SE on a G4 AGP running OS 10.2.8 - works fine.
I'm also just getting my feet wet with Tiger on the G4. I have Tiger on a separate drive from my main drive. Installed VPC 6.1 and Windows 98SE on the Tiger OS - seems to work fine as well (however, the only thing I tried so far was the solitaire game that comes with Windows).

One word of caution....Windows 98SE takes FOREVER to boot up, at least in comparison to the Mac OS. But that is no different than with Windows on a PC...I had just forgotten about this when I'm away from the PC world.
When I first installed VPC and Windows on the Mac, I kept aborting the Windows 98SE start up after a few minutes and tried and tried running it again only to abort it because I thought Windows was stuck.
It was only when a "Windows PC" friend came over and watched me trying to install windows to VPC that the problem was solved. Turns out that Windows was never stuck - it just takes lots of minutes and lots of patience (which I didn't have) for windows to finish the installation.

I haven't installed VPC on my mini yet, but I would suggest VPC 6.1 with Windows 98SE is probably the way to go in your case.
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If you know exactly which Windows programs you want to run, then pick the Windows OS accordingly.
Honestly, I have no idea which version I want. They all look like Win 95 to me. I need a decent, generic version that runs most stuff.
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I haven't installed VPC on my mini yet, but I would suggest VPC 6.1 with Windows 98SE is probably the way to go in your case.
I'd be interested in your feedback once you have it on your Mini.

I was thinking of buying the VPC without an operating system, and purchasing Win/whatever separately. But there seems to be complications, like some OEMs are tied to the model it shipped with (like Dell), and won't install onto just any model. Getting VPC with an OS seems the way to go.
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I'd be interested in your feedback once you have it on your Mini.

I was thinking of buying the VPC without an operating system, and purchasing Win/whatever separately. But there seems to be complications, like some OEMs are tied to the model it shipped with (like Dell), and won't install onto just any model. Getting VPC with an OS seems the way to go.
I'm not going to install VPC on the mini anytime soon...don't have a need for it there and I rather keep the mini as clean as possible.
As to VPC without an OS and buying the OS separately. You can certainly do that, but it will cost a lot more money I think.
I bought VPC 6.1 with Windows 98SE for $US45.00, that's probably cheaper than just buying Windows 98SE by itself. I have never seen VPC 6 with Windows 95.
Also older versions of VPC won't work with OS X...not sure where the cutoff is, but I have VPC 4 with windows and it won't work with OS X.

My recommendation is still VPC 6.1 with Win 98SE as the best all-round generic solution.
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You could always pick up a P3 or something... I have P3's I would be willing to sell for under $100. PM me if you are interested.
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My recommendation is still VPC 6.1 with Win 98SE as the best all-round generic solution.
Yah. Thanks, dude (or dudette.)
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You could always pick up a P3 or something... I have P3's I would be willing to sell for under $100. PM me if you are interested.
Sounds like a deal. Ummm... What's a P3? See, I can fix my own Macs, but when it comes to Windoze I turn into a girl again.

I'm kinda short on space and can't accommodate any more beige boxes.
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I have VPC 5.0.4 running Windows98 on my mini. It runs quite well, i.e., almost as fast as Windows98 runs natively on my old PIII/450/64. One caveat. If you do end up going with VPC 5, make sure you google the 0.4 update. It made a huge improvement.

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