Virtual PC

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A software program commonly known as just VPC that allows the OS/2 user to run other x86 operating systems as a task, depending on hardware utilised this is done either by software emulation or if you have a relatively modern system it is done by hardware virtualisation.

Virtual PC for OS/2 was discontinued in 2003 after Microsoft purchased the package, however system integration packs developed for later versions of the software released by MS continue to work with the OS/2 version of the system.

Virtual PC technologies were also used in different Microsoft products:

Versions

Macintosh
  • 1996: Virtual PC 1.0 - (MacOS 7.5.5, PowerPC)
  • 1997: Virtual PC 2.0
  • 1998: Virtual PC 2.1 - last update 2.1.3 (Apr 1999)
  • 1999: Virtual PC 3.0 - last update 3.0.3A (2000-04-26)
  • 2000: Virtual PC 4.0 - last update 4.0.2 (MacOS 8.5, PowerMac G3 or G4)
  • 2001: Virtual PC 5.0 - last update 5.0.4 (2002-06-25), first version for MacOS X
  • 2002: Virtual PC 6.0 - update 6.0.2
  • 2003: Microsoft Virtual PC 6.1 - last update 6.1.1 (2004-02-10)
  • 2004: Microsoft Virtual PC 7 - last update 7.0.3 (2007-08-15)

All versions are capable of running OS/2 guest systems.

Windows
  • 2000: Virtual PC 4.0
  • 2001: Virtual PC 4.2
  • 2002: Virtual PC 4.3
  • 2003: Virtual PC 5.0
  • 2003: Virtual PC 5.1
  • 2003: Virtual PC 5.2
  • 2003: Microsoft Virtual PC 2004 (5.3.582)
  • 2004: Microsoft Virtual PC 2004 SP1 - became free product in 2006
  • 2007: Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 (6.0.156.0)
  • 2008: Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 SP1 (6.0.192.0)
  • 2009: Hotfix rollup 958162 (6.0.210.0) - required for screen resolution up to 2048x1920 (32bit).
OS/2 Warp
  • 2002: Virtual PC 4.2 for OS/2
  • Mar 2002: Virtual PC 4.3.2 for OS/2
  • Sep 2002: Virtual PC 5 for OS/2
  • Nov 2002: Virtual PC 5.1 for OS/2 - Last known version for OS/2

Publications

License and availability

  • Discontinued commercial software.

Authors & publishers

  • Eric Traut
  • Connectix (Original developer)
  • Innotek (OS/2 port and guest additions)
  • Microsoft