Windows simulators

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  1. joey4127 macrumors 6502

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    My friend need a windows simulator so he can run some windows software on his mac. Which one would be the fastest and most relieble?

    Thanks
     
  2. Laser47 macrumors 6502a

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    Microsoft Virtual PC For Mac, Its the only one I know of.
     
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  4. screensaver400 macrumors 6502a

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    There's also GuestPC or something like that, but its too new.

    Just go with VPC... Unless you have a decent PC in the house. If you do, use Remote Desktop Connection.
     
  5. mduser63 macrumors 68040

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    Virtual PC is also my recommendation for the fastest and most reliable, but it's by no means the only choice. There is also GuestPC and iEmulator, both of which are much cheaper than VPC. QEMU might also be an option, but it's quite slow and I think it will only boot Windows 95, IIRC.
     
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    I haven't tried VPC or GuestPC before but was told that VPC is much slower than GuestPC. Anyone can confirm this? I'm going to bet my money on GuestPC soon. :rolleyes:
     
  7. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    Thanks for the head's up on GuestPC, I had never heard of that one. I might give it a try and see how it compares to VPC...
     
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    It's advertised quiet often here on MR ad banners. That's how I got to know GuestPC. ;)
     
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    That'll teach me a lesson for ignoring those banners all the time... :eek: ;)
     
  11. trainguy77 macrumors 68040

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    And if you are a bit more technical there is QEMUX which is a free emulator:

    http://cordney.com/QemuX/
    I have never used this but I have heard it is fast.
     
  12. TDM21 macrumors 6502a

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    I tried it about a year ago. In my opinion, it was no faster then VPC and didn't have all the nice features you get with VPC.
     
  13. Bern macrumors 68000

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    I've used both and no way is GuestPC faster than VPC 7.0.2. I have XP Home. I don't run anything major I use it for testing websites and to do that simple task VPC out does GuestPC easily. You get what you pay for in the end in this case.
     
  14. Soulstorm macrumors 68000

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    Actually Virtual PC is the fastest so far... I have it and it never let me down. BUT: It is very slow. And there is no 3D acceleration. However, it is the only choice.

    Oh, and when we are talking about a thing like this... we say "emulator", not "simulator". ;)
     
  15. superbovine macrumors 68030

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    just so you know... you want a windows "emulator" not a "simulator"
     
  16. generik macrumors 601

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    Darwine is your friend.. but it doesn't run on current Macs
     
  17. AtHomeBoy_2000 macrumors 6502a

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    What Macs does it run on?
     
  18. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    generik is confused. Darwine for MacOS X was released as a developer preview last August and may be downloaded from the Darwine page on the OpenDarwin website.
     

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