Virtual PC

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by caldavey, Jan 21, 2008.

  1. caldavey macrumors member


    Dec 25, 2007
    I was just telling my friend that I bought Windows XP for my MBP and he told me I was stupid and that I should have gotten "Virtual PC". I don't understand what this is but what I am thinking this is is the same thing as Parallels. I am only getting Windows to play games on it and he said I should have gotten Virtual PC and I tried to correct him and he signed off so can someone please help me with this dilemma? I sure hope I didn't get the wrong thing...
  2. aosman macrumors 6502

    Jan 19, 2008
    Parallels is the right thing; I believe it is more per formant than Virtual PC. I guess they are both considered Windows Emulators though

    Although if you want to play games, you should maybe consider using Apple's boot camp to run Windows Natively, it will run your games faster.
  3. Muzzway macrumors regular

    Jul 21, 2007
    Your friend didn't appear to know what he was talking about. Virtual PC is horribly-slow Windows virtualization software for PowerPC Macs - the more recent Parallels/VMware is much faster. Bootcamp is the best for playing games
  4. caldavey thread starter macrumors member


    Dec 25, 2007
    Thank you both, I think I'm going to print what you said so I can bring it in to him tomorrow... ahhhh I'm so relieved.
  5. eddietr macrumors 6502a

    Oct 29, 2006
    Do they even make VirtualPC for Intel Macs?

    VMWare Fusion and Parallels are the two major VM vendors for the Mac.

    But for games, I would agree that Bootcamp is best.

    Either way, you need a copy of Windows, so you bought the right thing.

    EDIT: Since you're going to print this, I'll add that if he called you stupid, then he's an idiot. :)
  6. nintapple macrumors member

    Oct 19, 2007
    does rosetta even support virtual pc?
    your friend is heavily mistakened. its as simple as this:

    emulate (rosetta) a slow emulator (virtual pc)
    use bootcamp and run your macbook pro with vista faster than most pc laptops.
  7. yg17 macrumors G5


    Aug 1, 2004
    St. Louis, MO
    VPC won't run on Intel Macs. Not even under Rosetta
  8. Hmac macrumors 68020

    May 30, 2007
    Midwest USA
    Heh. Virtual PC won't even run on any current Macs.

    VM or Parallels are way faster, and if you also decide to run your new Windows OS via Boot Camp, you'll have the fastest Windows laptop available.

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  9. jackc macrumors 65816


    Oct 19, 2003
    You need to give your friend a back-hand slap with all your might.

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