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So you say you want to run Windows on your Mac Mini?  There’s a new Windows emulator for the Mac that is only $70 and claims to be a full emulation.  You do have to supply your own copy of Windows but if the screen shots […]

So you say you want to run Windows on your Mac Mini?  There’s a new Windows emulator for the Mac that is only $70 and claims to be a full emulation.  You do have to supply your own copy of Windows but if the screen shots are accurate it does look pretty sweet.  (Guest PC actually runs on most Macs.)

Guest PC supports the following operating systems:

• Windows XP Home and Professional
• Windows 2000 Workstation and Server
• Windows NT 4.0 Workstation and Server
• Windows Me
• Windows 98 and 98se
• Windows 95
• Windows 3.1
• MS-DOS

Guestpc

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  2. Why not use Virtual PC for Mac?
    http://www.microsoft.com/mac/products/virtualpc/virtualpc.aspx?pid=virtualpc

    I’ve even been able to get XP Embedded running in it..

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  3. I thought this new emulator was news worthy. I wonder how the performance is?

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  4. I have Virtual PC installed on my Powerbook G4. I actually installed the Tablet PC 2005 OS on it, just for the heck of it. It runs well, but it is VERY VERY slow, so I am no terribly fond of its usefulness. It will be nice to see how well (FAST) this emulator works.

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  5. I found something interesting on their website:

    On their homepage they say “02/01/05 Guest PC 1.0 first release.”

    which means 4 days if they adhere to standard date format Month / Day / Year

    However, on http://www.lismoresystems.com/why.html
    they list more reasons to use their program than othe apps could gather in a year (note that the reasons are based on users who “thank” Lismore for creating Guest PC).

    All their reasons are highly imaginative – like the one under “Learning” (mother / daughter) which is common with more applications but they should at least try to make it a _little_ more believable …

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  6. Why not VirtualPC? Because it’s made by Microsoft, and it’s expensive.

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  7. I bought Guest PC with the student discount, and boy was I ripped off.

    With Win 98, it feels like about 100 MHz. The system’s dialog says that it is a Pentium Pro. The included DOS navigator says that it is a 486 333, but when run through a command prompt in windows, it says a 386 DX 560! Confused is this program, yes… It has a 2 MB Cirrus Logic emulated VGA adapter, no USB, and doesn’t allow me to transfer files easily between my OS X (10.3.8) desktop and the Windows desktop. The only way is by burning files to a CD! Not a recommended purchase.

    Luckily the student pricing is 40% off. Good luck running Win XP on one of these things.

    I have a new iMac G5 1.8, 512 Ram.

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  8. Peter da Silva Wednesday, March 30, 2005

    If you just want a PC emulator to boot Windows occasionally, there’s always Bochs:

    http://bochs.sourceforge.net/

    Open source and free. I wonder if GuestPC isn’t just a bundled up copy of it.

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  9. Kay – the standard date format for many countries is in fact Day/Month/Year. (In the same way that we have standard spelling for words like “colour”, “aluminium” and “optimise”. Standards are always in the eye of the beholder ;-)

    Peter – I can’t vouch for the speed of this product, but I doubt it’s a bundled copy of GuestPC. This company released the BlueLabel Power Emulator for OS 9 during the 90s, so I assume their codebase has developed quite independently. My experience of all emulators is that they’re slow. Remember that fact, and you won’t be disappointed. Probably.

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  10. a bundled copy of bochs, I mean *_*

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