Guest PC

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  1. WehoMacUser macrumors newbie

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    Hello everyone and thanks for your help in advance.

    I bought Guest PC and it is their latest version. I installed Windows XP, and Quicken 2005.

    I cannot move the mouse within Windows, now that I have installed Quicken '05. I could at first but since I shut Windows XP down to do something else now it doesn't work.

    Anyone have the same situation happen? Is guest PC a good program or something that I should not have purchased?

    Thanks again.
     
  2. reberto macrumors 65816

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    If you REALLY need to use winhoes, either buy a low end dell or Virtual PC. Guest PC is really slow and outdated.
     
  3. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    What were you thinking? There is no better x86 emulator on the Mac than Virtual PC.
     
  4. OutThere macrumors 603

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    PC Emulation is pretty much a waste of time...you'd be much better served by spending a bit more money on a crappy Dell box and running everything you need off of that, instead of killing yourself over a crashing, slow as hell emulator.
     
  5. slooksterPSV macrumors 68030

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    http://www.walmart.com/ $200 PC, pretty good, 128MB RAM (wait... did they upgrade to 256 for those?) and it has an AMD so you know its good and fast. Just BYOD (bring your own display). I bought my first new PC from there. AMD Duron 1.10GHz, 128MB RAM (uped it to 384), 32MB Shared VRAM, uped to 64MB AGP 2x ATI Radeon 9000, 20GB Seagate HDD, Lindows OS, uped to Windows XP Professional OEM for $80 from buysell101.com (which is now direct deals.com or something). And its faster than my moms Intel Celeron 640MB DDR 266 RAM 40GB HDD Western Digital, 64MB PCI ATI Radeon 7500 LE, XP Home Edition computer.
     
  6. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    This is correct if performance is your only concern. However, that are people for whom the cheap PC is not an option. For them, Virtual PC is the best option.
     
  7. slooksterPSV macrumors 68030

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    Well, isn't virtual PC the same price almost as a PC that you could buy and probably have better performance?
     
  8. iBS23 macrumors member

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    Yeah, but there are situations that VPC is better than the PC. For example, we use a windows-only billing program at work. If I need to use it, it is a heck of a lot easier to startup VPC than to run to the PC and start that up. Plus, if I bought a PC, then I'd have an ugly beige box to have to stick somewhere.

    If I was wanting to run games or other intensive programs, then I'd buy the PC. But since I don't care all that much about the performance, VPC works just fine, thank you.
     
  9. kiwi-in-uk macrumors 6502a

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    Very true unless you need it to be portable (i.e. not carrying around two laptops)
     
  10. WehoMacUser thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Emulating PC on a Mac

    Thanks everyone for your input. I have my "old" PC but I thought since I have my new G5 I would just use an emulating software program instead of having to keep the old PC around.

    I guess my $70 is worthless now. I was actually just wanting to have something on the G5 that I could use for my old Quicken reports especially around tax time.

    FYI, I still am glad that I switched to the Mac. I think it's a great computer.
     
  11. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    To the man whose only tool is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.
     
  12. slooksterPSV macrumors 68030

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    Whoa wait... don't the G5's come with Quicken? My iBook did (see siggy #1). So things should be cross-compatible right?
     
  13. WehoMacUser thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Quicken Windows files are not combatible with the Mac version of Quicken. Intuit acknowledges this....some place on their website, after I purchased the software at the Apple store. I had to find out later, once I paid my money.

    Quickbooks NUE is installed and it does not let you import information without having to pay an upgrade price to the full version. Quickbooks is over kill anyay for my uses.

    Since I left the initial post for Guest PC I have reinstalled Windows XP and got it to work. I installed Quicken 2005 and created the reports that I needed.

    I also installed Linux on Guest PC and it worked. The only issue so far is that I could not print anything from Linux. It created an endless loop of print jobs with my Epson R200 printer.
     
  14. mduser63 macrumors 68040

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    Glad to hear that you got it to work. I have Virtual PC, and it suits my needs just perfectly. It's not fast by any means, but it's not so slow as to be unusable on my PowerBook. My brother uses it on the G5 occasionally for Paint Shop Pro, and he comments on how fast it is. VPC is just not as bad as many people on these forums make it out to be. I don't have any personal experience with Guest PC, but I've heard from people who've tried it that it works fine.
     

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