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Is Virtual PC the right choice for me?


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Hi guys,

I have some old games that I would like to play (Quake - Doom - various flight sims). My intension was to install Virtual PC 2007 on my XP-machine, but I am in doubt if VPC will let me simulate slower hardware?

I can install Quake, but when I try to start it up it will crash - my guess is that the clock frequens is to high?

Are there other ways of doing this? I have an old pc with WIN98, but would rather stick to just one physical pc?

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Doh - just realised I never got back on this one.

Dannik - DOSBox was just whar was needed :)

Had some troubles with a game that was to run from the CD. A look at the guide got me going in minutes.

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I highly recommend VirtualBox (free and open source). So far runs anything I throw at it. Some info:

VirtualBox is a powerful x86 and AMD64/Intel64 virtualization product for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an extremely feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers, it is also the only professional solution that is freely available as Open Source Software under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL) version 2.

Presently, VirtualBox runs on Windows, Linux, Macintosh, and Solaris hosts and supports a large number of guest operating systems including but not limited to Windows (NT 4.0, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista, Windows 7), DOS/Windows 3.x, Linux (2.4 and 2.6), Solaris and OpenSolaris, OS/2, and OpenBSD.

VirtualBox is being actively developed with frequent releases and has an ever growing list of features, supported guest operating systems and platforms it runs on. VirtualBox is a community effort backed by a dedicated company: everyone is encouraged to contribute while Oracle ensures the product always meets professional quality criteria.

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