Tips for migrating a physical computer to a virtual machine (part 2)

Continuing on from previous ‘migration’ posts ( and – once you have your computer converted to a virtual machine – and you have it booting (at least past the first few seconds) the next issue that you might encounter is blue screens / hangs before you even get to the desktop. These are usually… Read more

Adjusting to life at Microsoft

About 1.75 years ago Microsoft acquired Connectix’s virtual machine technology.  At that stage I had been working at Connectix for a year and a half on the Virtual PC for Windows product line.  As a long time IT enthusiast – it seemed kind of strange to be working for Microsoft – as I have personally… Read more

STAR WARS: Dark Forces under Virtual PC

Hi All!  Yesterday was Thanksgiving here in the States (hence the lack of a post from me) which means that today is the ‘big sale’ day of the year for Americans (something I never knew until I moved here).  I usually avoid big sales – but I did grab a coffee and head down to… Read more

Tips for migrating a physical computer to a virtual machine (part 1)

When migrating a physical computer to a virtual machine – there are a number of potential problems to be aware of.  However, it should be noted that these are the exact same problems that are encountered when migrating a system from one physical computer to another. There are a number of tools available today from… Read more

Getting the most out of IPX under Virtual PC

During the development of Virtual PC 2004 – our primary focus was to perform a thorough security review of the entire product (After which – I have nothing but respect for the level of commitment that Microsoft now has to shipping secure products).  Unfortunately – some of the changes made as a result of this… Read more

Using Virtual PC for computer migration

One cool use of Virtual PC is as a ‘backup’ during a physical computer migration.  An example of this would be my wife’s computer.  Generally speaking – my wife does not let me touch her computer – as I have a tendency to break things.  But every now and then it comes time to perform… Read more

Head to head DOOM under Virtual PC

tweetmeme_url = ‘’; You may have been wondering why you would want to setup IPX under Virtual PC.  The simple answer is so that you can play old school DOS network games against your friends.  The not so obvious answer is so that you can play a game of DOOM against yourself 🙂 Here is… Read more

Setting up DOS IPX Networking under Virtual PC 2004

IPX (Internetwork Packet Exchange) is an older protocol – originally developed by Novell for Netware networks. A number of DOS games need to have an IPX peer-to-peer network configured in order to support head-to-head gaming.  In order to setup a minimal IPX DOS stack – you will need to download the following files: from… Read more

X-COM: Interceptor under Virtual PC

The final stop in the X-COM series takes a distinct change of pace.  X-COM: Interceptor maintained the base building strategy aspects of the previous games – however the turn based strategy sections have been replaced with real time space combat against UFO’s. I was able to install and run X-COM: Interceptor under Virtual PC with… Read more

OS/2 2.11 under Virtual PC

One of the skeletons that I keep in my closet is that a long time ago – I was an OS/2 zealot.  Soon after using Windows 3.0 – I got to play with my first copy of OS/2.  OS/2 2.11.  I immediately fell in love with it.  It was much more stable than Windows, had… Read more