Pirates! Gold under Virtual PC

How many times can you release the same game?  In the case of Pirates! it turns out the answer is three.  The original Pirates! was released in 1987.  Pirates! Gold, released in 1993, was the first version to be available on the PC.  This game has recently been released as Sid Meier’s Pirates! for both… Read more

Gathering processor information about running virtual machines

Under Virtual Server each virtual machine has access to the same processor capabilities as are present in the physical computer.  This sample script uses the Virtual Server COM API to find out the processor capabilities that are currently available for a specific virtual machine. Option Explicit dim vs, vm ‘ Attempt to connect to Virtual… Read more

Castle of the Winds under Virtual PC

Castle of the Winds is one of my old favorites.  It is an adventure game in the style of rogue or net hack, however it is a fully graphical game that runs on top of Windows, and almost everything is done with the mouse.  I was surprised to find out recently that this game was… Read more

ReactOS under Virtual PC

I’ve been meaning to do this for a while, but I’ve finally had a chance to play with ReactOS (http://www.reactos.org/en/index.html).  For those of you who have not heard of this operating system, it is an the open source operating system with the ambitious goal of providing a Windows XP compatible operating environment that is capable… Read more

Extracting files from the Virtual PC 2004 installer

A number of people have asked me how to get the Virtual Machine Additions from Virtual PC 2004, without having to install Virtual PC 2004.  To do this you will need to download the Virtual PC 2004 installer (from: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=6d58729d-dfa8-40bf-afaf-20bcb7f01cd1), unzip it, and run the following command: msiexec /a “Microsoft Virtual PC 2004 MSDN.msi” This… Read more

Floppy disk image formats supported by Virtual PC and Virtual Server

Virtual PC and Virtual Server allow you to create and use 1.44MB (high density 3.5″ media) and 720KB (double density 3.5″ media) floppy disk images.  However they also support a number of other formats.  The supported formats are as follows: Size: 360KBFormat: Single-densityMedia type: 3.5″Information: You probably are unfamiliar with this format.  The only place… Read more

Why won’t the Virtual PC 2007 Virtual Machine Additions load on Windows 95?

A number of people have been confused by the fact that the Virtual Machine Additions that are included with Virtual PC 2007 fail to install on Windows 95.  The reason for this is twofold: Windows 95 is not supported under Virtual PC 2007.  With each release of Virtual PC we spend a significant amount of… Read more

Virtual PC 2007 Release Candidate is available

You can download it from: https://connect.microsoft.com/Downloads/Downloads.aspx?SiteID=288   Some key changes from previous builds include: PXE Boot Support Keyboard / performance issues on laptops addressed (yay!) Virtual Networing on wireless adapters re-enabled Fixes for installing Vista off of physical DVDs And more…  Have fun with it!   Cheers, Ben… Read more