VIRTUAL PC performance

Discussion in 'Product Recommendations/Reviews' started by mdetry, Oct 16, 2004.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Oct 15, 2004
    I am planning to Switch (upgrade) from PC to Mac but I still need to run some PC programs.

    The only thing I hear about Virtual PC is that it´s terrible slow.

    I am planning to put 2 Gigas of ram on my new Imac 20".

    1 giga dedicated to the Virtual PC.

    Does anybody has an experience if by doing this I should see a lot of performace Gain on Virtual PC?

    I´am not planning to run games just normal applications (some design an graphics) but I need to run them on PC envieroment to ensure compatibility.

    Thanks in advance for advice.
  2. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 18, 2003
    Santa Barbara, CA
    There have been conflicting opinions about the new version of Virtual PC (version 7.0)...some say it's a lot faster than before (but still fairly slow), others say it's just as slow. The 20" iMac is a very fast computer, and the 2 GB of RAM will definitely help, but you can't set aside 1 GB for VPC, as VPC only allows you to allocate up to 512 MB for the PC environment.

    If you really need performance in PC apps through Virtual PC, you might be out of luck. But if you don't mind giving it a shot, and perhaps willing to deal with some slow graphics, go for it.
  3. macrumors 6502a


    Nov 22, 2003
    What graphics programs do you need to run on the PC side? Chances are it's something that requires a lot of power - meaning it's probably going to be ridiculously slow.

    My guess is that you'll be better off designing in OS X. Then you can test the file (or whatever you need to do) in Virtual PC to ensure compatibility.
  4. macrumors 68000


    May 31, 2004
    Yeah, what programs are you going to need that you can't run in OS X?

    Lee Tom
  5. macrumors 68030


    May 11, 2004
    fig tree
    couldn't you just keep your pc for the pc-only app(s) you have?
  6. macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location
    Yeah, seriously. Just keep your PC as well. You don't NEED to throw it out, although I wouldn't shed a tear if you did. ;)

    For programs like MS Access, I can understand the need for VPC, but what graphics app is absolutely necessary on a PC? There must be a Mac equivalent. Oh, and VPC runs decently for everything other than graphics related apps (Photoshop or games).
  7. macrumors G4


    Aug 24, 2003
    Old York
    keep the pc and remote desktop into it, i can do that at school to a pc i set up in a class room with a sticker saying dose not work with the moniter disconnected dedicated to playing counterstrike, i acsess it with my ibook over wireless with the school's T1 connection with remote desktop with is free from micro$oft the pc just has to run xp pro of 2k pro.
  8. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 15, 2004
    Remote Desktope will Do it

    I have to Test Illustrator / Quark files for Compatibility (specially fonts,etc)

    I think the best way will be with Remote Desktop. I have used Remote Desktop for PC to PC and it´s perfect for what I need and I expect it should work as well in MAC.

    Thanks for advice.
  9. macrumors 601


    Feb 4, 2004
    Florida Resident
    Remote Desktop rocks. I really like it better than Virtual PC for performance reasons. And I don't use any of my Mac hard drive space except for the program, or memory, and CPU time.

    Virtual PC still is the best if you want to have multiple O/S's and at the same time and have the ability to easily reimage a drive and share your existing hardware and don't have to space for an extra PC. And if you have a laptop and not on a network to connect to your PC.

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