Should I buy Virtual PC 3.0?
In testing, VPC 3 coped with everything thrown at it. Over two weeks, neither the Windows nor the Mac OS crashed. The hardware requirements are hefty: the Windows 98 version needs a G3 and 500MB of disk space, plus 64MB of RAM (although Windows 95 can run on a 180MHz 603- or 604-based machine with 48MB RAM). More memory equates to better performance. VPC 3 is not intended for games – although Eidos Interactive’s Formula 1 ran reasonably well on a 400MHz G3 – but, it’s a very good tool for software testing. The Configuration Manager lets you change from one set of preferences to another at the click of a button – moving from Windows 95 to Windows 98 can be achieved inside 30 seconds. While not a replacement for a real PC, VPC 3 is perfect for fair-weather PC use, and at the kind of price that’s difficult to refuse.
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