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January 7, 2002

Connectix today released the 5.0.1 update to Virtual PC 5. It fixes several bugs:

  • Fixed a bug that caused Virtual PC to quit when a CD was inserted (mostly a problem when using Sharity on Mac OS X)
  • Fixed Virtual Switch incompatibility with Airport in Mac OS X
  • Fixed an issue that caused newer machines to hang if they were slept with Virtual PC running

December 5, 2001

Connectix today announced the release of Virtual PC 5.0 for Macintosh. Click here for the official press release. The new version supports both Mac OS 9 and X and contains the following new features:

  • Mac OS 9 and X — one application that runs on both OSes. It’s possible to share Virtual PC drive images and configurations between 9 and X.
  • Support for Mac OS X features — uses “sheets” and supports “docking” of virtual machines (with live screen updates in the dock!).
  • Undo drives — a feature previously included in the Windows version of Virtual PC that allows for instant roll-back of virtual drive image data.
  • “Always Undo” — a new feature that allows the user to indicate that the information stored to the hard drive image should always be discarded. This is useful for demos, software testing, training, etc. where it’s desirable to go back to a “pristine” drive state at the end of a session.
  • Full support for Windows XP — this includes a new set of Virtual PC “Additions” for Windows XP.
  • DVD data — ability to access DVD data discs (but no DVD video support).
  • “Drives” menu — new menu for capturing CDs and floppies and sharing folders.
  • Key mapping — a new configuration panel gives the user the ability to assign keyboard combinations to emulate keys that are missing from some Mac keyboards (e.g. the “forward delete” key)
  • Video resizing — with the new VPC Additions installed, users can now resize their VPC window to arbitrary dimensions, and the guest OS (Windows) resizes its desktop appropriately. This same feature allows Windows VMs in full-screen mode to adapt to the Mac’s screen resolution instead of the other way around.
  • Multi-processor support — on Mac OS X only. VPC now takes better advantage of multiple processors to speed up certain operations like video display.
  • Rewritten drag and drop — a more robust and stable implementation of the drag and drop feature.
  • Pocket PC (iPaq / Cassiopea) support — a fix for a long-standing compatibility problem with Pocket PC devices.
  • CD-ROM copy protection — a fix for another long-standing compatibility problem with various PC games (e.g. Age of Empires II) that use CD-based copy protection mechanisms.
  • Virtual Switch — a feature that (on Mac OS X only) allows a virtual machine to not only network with the outside world, but also with the host Mac and other virtual machines. Users can set up an Apache server running on Linux and access the web pages from within a browser running on Mac OS X.
  • “Get Info” window — a new window that contains information about a running virtual machine, including memory usage, disk, network and USB usage, etc.
  • CD-ROM ISO image support — users can now mount CD-ROM ISO images within a virtual machine.
  • Auto-install of VPC Additions — there’s now a menu item for installing or updating the VPC Additions.
  • Auto-sharing — users can specify to auto-share Mac volumes (fixed and removable) automatically.
  • Many misc. bug fixes — according to the Connectix VPC forums, many bugs that were reported against Virtual PC 4.0 have been fixed in this new version.

Connectix is offering Virtual PC 5.0 as an update to 3.x and 4.x users. The price in the U.S. is $79. International versions will be made available early next year. Customer who purchased Virtual PC 4.0 from November 1 on will receive a free upgrade to 5.0.

A couple of cute undocumented features I’ve found: 1) You can turn off the virtual machine by clicking on the picture of the rocker switch in the “shut down” window/sheet; 2) The new memory pie charts (found in the “Get Info” window) rotate if you hold down the option key.

Would you like to share your opinions about Virtual PC 5.0 with other VPC Central readers? Please email your feedback or participate on the VPC Central forums.

October 26, 2001

Connectix today announced the release of a “trial” version of Virtual PC for Windows version 4.2. Users can download the software, which is a full-featured version, and use it for 45 days. This should make it much easier for prospective Virtual PC users to evaluate the product.

The Virtual PC for Windows updater for 4.2 has not yet been released, but Connectix employees have indicated that it will be posted “shortly”.

Version 4.2 contains numerous bug fixes over the 4.1 version — the most significant of which involve the “virtual switch” networking feature. This version supports host-to-guest networking as well as the previously supported guest-to-guest and guest-to-external routing options. The 4.2 release is also reportedly compatible with the newly released Windows XP OS – both as a host and a guest.

New versions of the Virtual PC Additions are also available for download. This new version, 7009, supports Windows XP as a guest. These new additions ship in the form of a CD “ISO” image, so they can't be used directly with Virtual PC for Mac. Let’s hope this is an indication that the upcoming version of Virtual PC for Mac OS X supports CD “ISO” images!

July 18, 2001

Connectix today announced the release of a “preview” of the MacOS X version of Virtual PC. This pre-release version is being called a “Test Drive” and is available free to all registered Virtual PC 4 customers. Along with the new Test Drive is an online forum on the Connectix site.

The VPC Central forums have been updated to include threads for Virtual PC for Windows and Virtual PC for MacOS X.

April 24, 2001

Here’s an overview of our initial experiences with Virtual PC for Windows:

The registration and download process on the Connectix site requires you to submit your contact information — including your name and email address. The application installer requires that you allow Virtual PC to send your configuration information (processor speed, Windows version number, etc.) to Connectix.

The installation is slow, but painless. It does require a reboot, and Connectix recommends that you log into the host machine as “administrator” before starting the install. We tried installing on two host machines: an 800MHz Pentium III with Windows 2000 and a 400MHz Pentium II with Windows Me. Both installs worked fine, but the Pentium II (which only has 64MB of RAM) was a little underpowered for Virtual PC. The Pentium III worked great, and we were even able to use our existing hard drive images (created with Virtual PC for Mac). Note that drive images created with versions of Virtual PC prior to 4.0 don’t work on the Windows version. However, you can use the disk assistant in the Mac version to convert older images to the newer format.

If you don’t have existing hard drive images, you will need to create your own. This involves installing a “guest” operating system like Windows or Linux. For OSes that come with a bootable CD, this is relatively easy, but still time consuming. If you install Windows as a guest, you’ll want to install the VPC Additions once the OS install is complete. The latest Additions (version 6) are included with the Technology Preview. These appear to be the same Additions that provide the new screen resolutions on the Titanium PowerBooks.

The Settings Window is similar to the Mac version. The hard disk panel (shown below) allows you to mark a drive as “undoable” — a very useful feature.

Virtual PC’s main window lists all of the configured PCs. Once again, it looks similar to the Mac version (see below).

Although Connectix claims this is a “prerelease” version, we didn’t see any crashes or other glitches normally seen with beta software. We will continue to review Virtual PC for Windows over time. If you would like to share your comments, please mail them in!

April 23, 2001

Today Connectix released its anticipated “Technology Preview” of Virtual PC for Windows. You can download a copy of the software by registering here. Connectix has also set up a “discussion forum” and a feedback form for reporting bugs or providing other product feedback.

April 22, 2001

Several readers have recently reported problems printing to HP G55 OfficeJet printers from Virtual PC when running Windows Me. Loren Olson reports a solution. You need to download and install the latest Windows 2000 drivers from HP, not the Windows 98 drivers.

Another reader reports that he was recently receiving an error -50 message whenever he launched his copy of Virtual PC 4.0.2. He finally resolved the problem when he found that “the logic board was loose” in his G3.

April 11, 2001

Connectix today announced the release of a free update to Virtual PC 4.x for the Mac. The updater for version 4.0.2, can be downloaded from the Connectix web site.

The updated version claims to fix many of the bugs reported by VPCCentral readers, including:

  • Fix for crashes within various Java applications.
  • Improved folder sharing (fixes the “too many files open” bug).
  • Fix for Sonnet G4 cards for PCI (PowerSurge) machines and Sonnet G3 cards for NuBus machines. This fix requires new software from Sonnet.
  • Fix for printing problem with MacOS 9.1 and HP printer drivers.
  • Improved compatibility with Norton Antivirus 7.( see here for Norton coupon codes and offers )
  • Fix for bug that caused Windows 2000 to report that “IDE Controller was ejected” when using the “Add New Hardware” control panel.
  • Added video modes for the new Titanium PowerBooks (1152x768 and 869x600).
  • Fix for bug in Windows NT mouse driver that caused the mouse pointer to behave erratically.
  • Resolved crash that occurred when formatting a floppy disk under Linux.
  • Fix for bug which prevented booting Red Hat Linux 7.0 from the install CD.
  • Fix for rounding bug in Microsoft Excel for numbers larger than 250,100 when run in Windows 98.
  • Fix for IEEE floating point arithmetic error handling when run on Windows 98 and Windows 95.

Wow, that’s a lot of bug fixes for one release!

April 9, 2001

Connectix today announced that they are working on a version of Virtual PC for Windows! It will run on Windows Me, Windows NT and Windows 2000 and will provide features similar to (and in some cases exceeding) that of the Macintosh version. They plan to release a “Technology Preview” by the end of April that can be downloaded free of charge. You can sign up now to receive a notification for when the Technology Preview is released.

You can read more about this development in an official Connectix press release. The data sheet for the product lists a couple of interesting new features:

• Undoable drives: Changes to the virtual hard drive image are stored to a temporary file. At the end of the session (when you shut down the virtual machine), you have the choice of committing or discarding the changes to the drive.
• Differencing drives: These drives are associated with a “base drive” (e.g. an existing dynamically-expanding drive image). Any changes are stored in the differencing drive instead of the base drive. So, the differencing drive only contains the modified data. This allows multiple users or virtual machines to share the same base drive image at the same time.

VPCCentral will continue to follow these exciting new developments as more information becomes available.

March 28, 2001

Norton Antivirus (NAV) 7 causes crashes (Type 3 errors) to occur when using Virtual PC 4. If you’re experiencing these crashes, try disabling NAV7 in the extensions manager. The Symantec technical support knowledge base doesn’t mention a work-around at this time.

March 22, 2001

Connectix engineers are working on fixes for a number of Java-related bugs in Virtual PC 4.01.

Here’s an excerpt from an email I just received from one of the Virtual PC development engineers:

Whereas version of Virtual PC prior to 4.0 emulated a Pentium MMX processor, Virtual PC 4.0 emulates a Pentium II processor. The Pentium II introduced several new instructions. Because these instructions are relatively new and are not found in older processors, they are rarely used in commercial PC software today. However, Java JITs [just-in-time compilers] take advantage of these instructions.

Unfortunately, Virtual PC 4.0 and 4.01 do not emulate all of these new instructions correctly. Consequently, customers are finding incompatibilities with some Java applications. We believe we have identified and fixed all of the problems and are in the process of testing the modifications. We hope to get these fixes into customers’ hands shortly.

Several readers have recently reported incompatibilities between Virtual PC 4.0 and Norton Antivirus (NAV) 7. Apparently, NAV7 can cause Virtual PC to lock up periodically. If you disable NAV7 in the extensions manager, the problem goes away.

March 7, 2001

FWB Software announced that it is discontinuing its SoftWindows 98 product. Their press release reports that they will continue to sell RealPC, their PC emulation software that ships without an operating system. Long-time Mac users will remember that SoftWindows was the original Windows emulation software for the Mac. It was created by Insignia Solutions, but was largely abandoned by users after Connectix started selling Virtual PC.

February 28, 2001

Terry Carter reports a solution to problems he has been having with Virtual PC, MacOS 9.1 and the Epson Stylus Color 860 Printer.

I was surfing the net, reading comments on the Que Firewire drive and saw a letter someone had posted about VPC Printer problems. There was a reply to the letter with a fix for an Epson Stylus Color “880” with VPC 4.0 and [MacOS] 9.1, so I went to Epson’s site and looked up the updated install application, SC8809X60CA.EXE. It said something to the effect it was to fix a problem where the install program quit before the printer was installed. That is what was happening to me with my “860” printer, so I decided to give it a try. I turned on USB in VPC and opened the exe file and it started the process of installing an Epson “880” printer, when it asked me to turn on the printer, I did and then the plug ’n play wizard came up that it had found new hardware, a USB “860” so at the same time, I went through the process of “have disk”, etc., the program found the drivers right away, it finished the job and said it was complete, meanwhile it was also trying to install the “880” printer and when it said it didn't find one, I exited the program. Well, the install part of the application did the job and now I can print using USB. When switching back and forth between the Mac and VPC, I turn the printer off for a few seconds and then power on and wait for the steady green light. The printer works beautifully and very fast under the Mac and PC environments.

February 22, 2001

C. Lee Graham from Connectix reports the following tip for working around the -108 error some users have reported:

When I launch Virtual PC I receive an error that Virtual PC has run out of memory, or a -108 error. What is the problem?
USB is running out of memory. You will need to disable USB extensions in your system to free up additional memory. Both Apple and Kensington are aware of this issue and they are working on it.

Advanced Answer:
Basically, this error occurs when the USB Manager Notification table is full. As a workaround you will need to disable one or more pieces of USB software that fill this table. Kensington Mouseworks is an excellent candidate for this, as it takes up a large number of table entries. If you wish to maintain the two button capabilities of your Kensington Mouse, you might consider USB Overdrive as an alternative.

Apple's USB manager creates a table for applications that need to be notified of USB events (devices being added or removed). However, that table at this time is a fixed size of 32 entries. If you have installed several USB devices, or software that makes use of them, this table can become full resulting in an out of memory error. This seems to be most commonly encountered with the installation of iTunes and/or Kensington MouseWorks as both programs use a large number of table entries, but can occur with any software if the table is full.

Michael Park offers the following tip:

I’ve had trouble running servers and such (even had trouble sharing files in Windows Napster) and for a long time had no idea why I was having trouble.

In order to fix this problem, I had to go to the TCP/IP control panel, switch to AppleTalk/MacIP in the Configure via: menu and then change the TCP/IP Networking settings option in VPC to “Unique IP Address” for each “PC” I wished to run server-based software on.

The huge downside of this is that this makes it totally impossible to use the Internet or use any TCP/IP based applications on the Mac side. It's an all or nothing deal.

[From the editors of VPCCentral]:

Michael, you’re correct in that running server software generally runs better with “Unique IP Address” mode. You can, however, still use the internet on the Mac. You will need two unique IP addresses — one for the Mac and one for the PC. The solution you offer (i.e. to temporarily “steal” the Mac’s IP address) will work for some users.

The reason that server software doesn’t work very well with “Shared IP” mode is that Virtual PC is performing some internal trickery involving Network Address Translation (NAT). This technique, incidentally, is also used in Apple’s Airport base station and Microsoft’s “Home Internet Sharing” software. The technique involves routing IP packets from multiple clients (which are dynamically assigned “nonroutable” IP addresses) through a single IP address. In this case, that single IP address is the one assigned to your Mac. A NAT solution works because connections can be mapped to alternate “ports” on the external IP connection. For example, the NAT may remember that internal client “” talking on port 452 maps to the Mac’s port 263. All packets addressed to port 263 from the outside world are then rerouted back to the sender (in this case, Windows running on VPC) on port 452. Servers require specific port addresses (e.g. HTTP is usually assigned port 80). So, this behind-the-scenes port-mapping and routing doesn’t work well with servers.

February 6, 2001

Here’s a quick update on the Virtual PC vs. iTunes conflict. It turns out that iTunes shipped with a version of the Apple CD/DVD driver that is incompatible with older Foreign File System plug-ins. These plug-ins allow the Mac to mount CDs that have a format other than HFS. For example, most Windows CDs and all PlayStation CDs are formatted with a volume format called ISO-9660. Because of the incompatibility introduced by this updated Apple CD/DVD driver, both Virtual PC and Virtual Game Station are unable to interoperate with CDs correctly.

There are two solutions: 1) Downgrade your Apple CD/DVD driver to the version prior to 1.4.3 (the version that shipped with iTunes 1.0) or 2) Upgrade your system software to 9.1. The second method works because Apple shipped compatible Foreign File System plug-in modules with the updated OS.

January 31, 2001

A VPCCentral reader has isolated a problem that occurs when running VPC 4 with MacOS 9.1, Kensington MouseWorks and several other USB drivers:

It seems that there is a problem with Mac OS 9.1, VPC (3 and 4), Kensington MouseWorks, and iTunes and possible other USB drivers.

With all of the above installed, VPC will not launch. It says its out of memory (error #108) no matter how much memory you give it. If I disable MouseWorks in the Extensions manager and restart, VPC will launch (it even automatically recognizes the right mouse on my Orbit trackball). I prefer to have MouseWorks enabled, as I use the right mouse button in many other applications. Turns out that if I enable MouseWorks, then disable the Nomad and Rio USB extensions installed with iTunes, MouseWorks and VPC work fine.

I've heard of other incompatibilities between MouseWorks, VPC and other USB mass storage extensions. I've also confirmed this incompatibility with the FlashStorageDriver and FlashStorageClassShim from SCM, which I think was installed with the compact flash reader I got from SanDisk.

Several readers of MacFixIt have been speculating that there are two versions of the Virtual PC 4.0.1 updater. Product Manager Theresa Mahler assured us that this was not the case. The following quote is from an email she sent to VPCCentral and several other VPC-related sites:

I've noticed that a few of your readers have mentioned their concern/confusion over the newly posted Virtual PC 4.0.1 updater. I would like to assure them that the Virtual PC 4.0.1 application is the same application that was included with the previous updater. (Note: There was a minor change made to the updater to make sure that it would be able to update multiple instances of Virtual PC 4.0.)

Users who have successfully installed Virtual PC 4.0.1 using the original updater are good to go. There is no need to reinstall Virtual PC 4.0.1.

Merrill Newill writes:

I thought your readership might be interested to know that the latest QNX Realtime OS runs fine under Virtual PC 4 and 4.0.1. Download the installer from http://www.qnx.com and run it within whatever flavor of Windows you have installed. You may want to create a new partition for it but you can also run it from C:\ if you wish.

January 29, 2001

The Virtual PC 4.0.1 updater is up on the Connectix web site again. In addition to the English updater, Connectix has now posted updaters for German and French.

Juan reports that he ran into a minor problem when updating VPC 4.0, but finally found the cause. It turns out that the 4.0.1 updater won’t correctly update the VPC application if you have given it a custom icon. The solution is to temporarily remove the custom icon before updating.

January 26, 2001

I just received an email from Virtual PC product manager, Theresa Mahler. Evidently, Connectix has temporarily taken down the VPC 4.01 updater. Here’s the full text of Ms. Mahler’s email.

I wanted to let you know that Connectix pulled the VPC 4.01 updater. A couple of things happened. First we lost power for the vast majority of the day yesterday (between the bad weather and rolling blackouts maintaining power has been a problem). Secondly, we only posted the English 4.01 updater and many of our international customers were downloading it. However, the English only updater wasn't designed to work on international versions and thus it caused Tech Support calls & emails.

Early next week we will post the English & International updaters simultaneously. Hopefully customers will then choose the appropriate updater.

Connectix has released a minor patch to Virtual PC 4. This version, called 4.01, reportedly fixes a handful of problems with the last major release. Many of the most common bugs reported by VPC Central readers have been addressed including the following:

  • Resolves a problem that produces an “object variable not set error” message in Visual Basic 3 programs
  • Fixes an integer rounding bug in Microsoft Excel
  • Incorporates fixes for Java JIT compilers
  • Fixes a problem with Novell NetWare login and connections using Shared IP
  • The warning dialog for low Mac hard drive space now displays correctly

The update doesn’t fix the printing problem on MacOS 9.1 reported by several readers (pages are printed as all black or with black bands when printing to a local printer).

Reports from VPC Central readers are mixed. Most of them report that the upgrade fixed their main problems. Several readers reported that they were unable to perform their upgrade, receiving a message that indicated, “an error prevented from completing.”

January 20, 2001

I’ve written a tutorial about hard drives, partitions, volume formats, etc. to help readers understand some of the limitations of Virtual PC’s drive image options.

January 12, 2001

If you haven’t seen Apple’s new Titanium PowerBook G4 yet, check it out. This is definitely the classiest way to run VPC. The fastest way to run VPC is with Apple’s new 733MHz desktop systems. If anyone has VPC performance comparisons for these new machines, please let us know!

A reader pointed out that the tips posted on Virtual PC Central should be tagged as either VPC 4-specific tips or tips that apply to previous versions. We’ve added a new graphic that appears in the tips indicating which version of VPC the tip applies to. In general, a tip that applies to VPC 2 or 3 also applies to 4.

Peter Seebach reports that Virtual PC can be run on NetBSD, a free Unix-like OS. He notes that Paul Hoffman has written instructions on how to get NetBSD running. There are several bugs in versions of Virtual PC prior to 4 that make it difficult to run NetBSD without modifying the kernel sources. VPC 4 appears to work much better.

January 8, 2001

Connectix has reportedly identified the cause of the “Excel rounding bug” discovered by several readers. Paul Crawford originally reported this bug to MacFixIt a couple of weeks ago. If you enter certain numbers in Excel 97 or 2000, the value entered into the cell is slightly smaller (e.g. entering 4.66 results in 4.6599999998). A Connectix representative indicated that the problem is due to a bug in the “Pentium emulation code”. They have found the bug and will be releasing a fix in an upcoming patch, once this bug fix and several others have been tested.

One of Virtual PC’s authors (and frequent visitor to VPCCentral’s forums) is scheduled to give a talk on emulation at this week’s MacWorld conference.

January 7, 2001

George writes that he is having problems printing to his Epson printer through Virtual PC. Printing configuration problems with VPC are common (and complicated by the fact that there are so many ways to do it), so I’ve written an explanation about the various printer setup techniques.

Neil wants to know if anyone has been able to get their hands on the Apple CD/DVD Driver 1.3.9? Evidently Connectix recommends using this version. Neil speculates that this is the version shipping with MacOS 9.1 – which is supposed to be released this upcoming week.

Dominique offers a Virtual PC performance tip – VPCHelper. This product is written by a company called Infamous Software, and claims to speed up Virtual PC by quitting background applications and the Finder. [Webmaster note: we haven’t tried this product ourselves, so we can’t directly recommend for or against its use.]

Mike reports having problems with the right mouse button on his MS Intellimouse Explorer. He says that in VPC 4, the right button doesn’t support click and rag, just contextual menus. We have seen this problem also – especially when using USBOverdrive. Here is a short description of the work-around.

Mike also reports incompatibilities between Norton Antivirus 7 and VPC 4. Any one else have problems? If so, have you found a work-around?

January 6, 2001

Newer, iMac-friendly site. An observant reader noted that the pages on VPCCentral were not formatted in such a way that they could be viewed on an iMac’s screen without scrolling horizontally. Problem fixed.

January 5, 2001

Connectix is rumored to be working on several bug fixes for Virtual PC 4.0 – including a fix for the bug that causes Visual Basic 3 programs to crash. We don’t know when Connectix will be releasing a patch, but we hope it’s soon!

January 3, 2001

A couple of other sites have reported that Connectix is going to introduce another cross-platform product at MacWorld. The product, which is advertised in the new issue of MacWorld, will be called DoubleTalk. Based on the ad, it appears to be a competitor for Thursby System’s DAVE product.

December 28, 2000

Sorry for the lack of news. We’ve been working on getting the Forums section up and running. Please check it out.

A couple of readers have written asking what they were doing wrong to cause Virtual PC to crash (e.g. one guy was trying to install Windows Me and Virtual PC was quitting with a Type 3 Error). The answer is that you are not doing anything wrong. Any crash of Virtual PC, regardless of what you do in the emulated PC, is a bug in Virtual PC and should be reported to Connectix. You can also report the problem to us, and maybe we’ll be able to put you in touch with another user who found a work-around. Remember, if the PC operating system crashes (e.g. a “blue screen of death” appears), it is likely due to a bug in the emulated program (a bug that is being faithfully emulated by Virtual PC). However, if the VPC application itself crashes for any reason, you’ve found a VPC bug.

December 13, 2000

The MacWindows site has started a list of feedback from early Virtual PC 4.0 users. Experiences appear to vary. Some users report little or no speed-up with the new version, but others report substantial gains in emulation speed. Other users report minor incompatibilities with the new version — including problems with accessing Novell servers. See Virtual PC 4 First Look for the complete report.

December 8, 2000

Virtual PC 4.0 is localized for German, French, Italian, Spanish and Japanese. The installer allows the user to choose which language is installed. By default, the program will choose the correct language when it is launched.

Connectix sources report that this method of localization was chosen “to reduce the time between the initial release and releases for other geographic regions.”

One side-effect of this feature is that users in Japan or Europe can purchase the on-line upgrade without waiting for a localized version. The advantage to waiting is that Connectix will be providing versions with localized manuals and help files in the near future.

December 7, 2000

The web site xlr8yourmac released new benchmarks that confirm Connectix claims that Virtual PC 4.0 is up to twice as fast as its predecessor.

December 6, 2000

Users who downloaded the Virtual PC 4.0 upgrader from the Connectix store reported a variety of problems in the upgrade process. Several people who have upgraded from Virtual PC 2.0 (running Windows 98 first edition) cited problems with the upgrade that leaves their PC in a state where the CD, high-res video and networking stop working. Connectix representatives are reported to be working on a solution.

December 5, 2000

Connectix today announced the release of Virtual PC 4.0 (see the Connectix press release for details). The new version contains main new features including:

  • Performance Improvements
  • Dynamically-expanding drive images
  • Larger hard drive images (up to 128GB)
  • Improved memory allocation & usage
  • Improved user interface (resizable window, thumbnail views)
  • Multiple PC support
  • Built-in help
MacWorld interviews Connectix product manager in article titled “Connectix Steps on the Gas with Virtual PC Upgrade

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