Virtual PC...Install Windows 2000?


macrumors member
Original poster
Aug 31, 2001
St. Paul, MN
Hello, I was wondering that if I buy Virtual PC with DOS, can I just install any retail version of Windows? Or, do I have to buy one of the Connectix OS packs?

I was thinkin' that if I had Virtual PC with DOS, I could use a retail version of Windows 2000 that I already have, and install.

Thanks for any advice,

I'm doin' it just for fun. Trust me, I'd never use a Windows machine for anything I need to get done.


macrumors 68020
Jul 6, 2003
Los Angeles
You are correct. They sell a bare bones VPC ($120?) you can use if you already own Windows. Hmm...I wonder if one could install a PC Linux distro on VPC--just for the hell of it.


macrumors 6502a
Dec 15, 2002
This is exactly what i did. Just buy VPC with dos, then i got win95 (speedy) and windows 2000 for actual compatibilty and productivness. But yes, win2k will install fine on the dos version of VPC. and i'm pretty sure you can install linux distro's for pc on VPC.