Getting the most out of IPX under Virtual PC

Getting the most out of IPX under Virtual PC

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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 review did negatively affect some areas of Virtual PC.

One area that did get affected by this was the performance of IPX based networking under DOS virtual machines.  However, there is a simple solution for this - don't do that :-)

Well - for a bit more clarification; most DOS programs can run perfectly well under Windows 95 / Windows 98, and both Windows 95 / Windows 98 supported IPX 'out of the box'.  If you have a DOS program that needs IPX networking - and you find the networking performance to be unacceptable - you can resolve this by setting up a Windows 95 virtual machine with IPX enabled.  Your DOS program can then use the Windows IPX network capabilities - which are significantly faster under Virtual PC 2004.

Cheers,
Ben

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  • Hmmmm, If you really want to play DOS IPX games I suggest trying out http://dosbox.sourceforge.net . It's likely that your processor will not be up to snuff for full speed of most IPX DOS games (Since most were DOS4GW and DosBox emulate the processor instead of virtualization like VPC). Reason I'm mentioning this is because with DosBox you'll be able to play your IPX games using Straight DOS without worrying about the issues of emulating 9x and the fact that you can play over the internet with your friends using DosBox AND IPX! :)
  • Hi DosFreak,

    I am well aware of DosBox - and even point people to it from time to time - but it is not for me :-)

    Cheers,
    Ben
  • No biggie. Well aware of your relationship with VPC. ;) Just posting alternate info. :)
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