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June 08, 2005

Installing Windows XP on a miniMac running Virtual PC 7.0

23 hours, 47 minutes and counting. Downloading and installing Service Pack 2 alone has taken something like 16 hours so far.

Posted by Horst on June 8, 2005 08:49 AM to the body electric | Tell-a-friend

dieter said on June 8, 2005 11:11 AM:

I guess that is your punishment for not buying a PC in the first place ;-)

BTW, SP2 was a major pain in the ass for most WinTel users, too.

And one of the more bizarre side effects of the security philosophy of WinXP in general is, that quite a number of users must generally be running in admin mode, since that is the only way to get older programs, especially games, running.

Jan-Piet Mens said on June 10, 2005 09:57 PM:

I'd be interested in further comments regarding VPC, because I'm in the process of "switching" to a Mac Mini and would like to carry some of my Windows apps along. Did you finally get it to run? Can you tell why the install took so long? Is that normal?

Horst said on June 13, 2005 01:42 PM:

Virtual PC works with most Windows apps, except those which dig somewhat deeper into the hardware, like some games.

Performance-wise it is _not_ a serious alternative to a real Windows PC, especially not on a miniMac, so unless your software does not exist for Mac, you'll find yourself buying Mac versions of the software pretty fast.

Istalling Windows XP from the CD took something like 2 hours, but downloading all the security updates and service packs took forever -- but it's possible it took so long because the screensaver may have slowed down VPC so much.

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