Virtual PC on my iBook

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  1. in2themystik2 macrumors member

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    I am a student and just got Office 2004 Professional from my university. I installed the office disc, but do not fully understand what Virtual PC is. My understanding is that you put that on a mac, and are able to open PC programs on the Mac? That is as deep as my understanding goes. Is there anyone that can better explain it? Also, is this a necessary or recommended program? Would this be helpful if i have two computers, a PC and a Mac?

    Thanks for any information! :)
     
  2. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    VPC is a program that emulates a pc. You can install windows and run most windows based programs. It is not as fast as having a PC, but it works for the occasional Windows application.

    If you want to use Office, I highly recommend you getting an Office version for Mac (which I'm not sure if you have a Mac version or a PC version).

    If you do have a Mac version, then you do not need VPC to run it.
     
  3. in2themystik2 thread starter macrumors member

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    I got Office 2004, which is for Mac, but it came with Virtual PC, for other programs and applications I guess.
     
  4. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    Ok, I understand now. As long as you don't have any Windows apps to run, then you do not need to install VPC. I use it for a windows only stat package required for work, and it works decent. It is slow sometimes and unresponsive, but sometimes it is the only alternative. Hold on to it until you need it.
     
  5. chicagdan macrumors 6502a

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    On an iBook it's probably going to be very slow. I'm pretty happy with it on my iMac G5. Unless you can dedicate half a gig of RAM to Virtual PC, it's godawful.
     
  6. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    I ran VPC on a G3 800 MHz iBook. It was ok. It runs much better on my 1.67 PB though.
     
  7. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    Yes, this is correct. Office 2004 is the Mac version of the Microsoft productivity suite. Virtual PC is a part of the Professional bundle. It is not included with Office 2004 Student and Teachers or Office 2004 Standard. Whether you buy it as part of the Office bundle or as a standard alone product, Virtual PC allows you to run just about any Intel-compatible OS (save MacOS X for Intel) and its applications on your PPC-based Mac.
     
  8. in2themystik2 thread starter macrumors member

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    The version they sell to us at my university is the professional version, that's what it says. It came with two discs, the Office 2004 disc and the Virtual PC disc, which I have not yet put on my computer, but will hang on to in case I end up needing it.
     
  9. gelatin macrumors 6502

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    fancy selling me your virtual pc disk for cheap? i need it urgent and i aint got money to pay 200quid for it off apple or whatever
     

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