Hyper-V Program Manager
Long time readers have – rightly – complained that I have not been talking about gaming in virtual machines very much recently. The main reason for this is that I have been wanting to write this post before starting to post about gaming generally on Windows Virtual PC, and frankly I have been procrastinating.
With Windows Virtual PC – using Virtual PC to play old games improves in some areas, and gets worse in other areas. Before I get into the details – I would like to remind everyone: Windows Virtual PC was not designed for playing computer games, it is just something I like to do with it. With that out of the way - here is a list of the good and the bad:
Well, that is the definitive “good & bad” list of gaming on Windows Virtual PC. Now I can get back to my regular gaming posts
hmm for running really old games DosBOX does a great job, and in runs windows 3.1 as well...if you can remember any classic win3.1 games :)
While that may be true - it is not a product that I work on.
Just a few days ago I learned about that USB limitation the hard way when I wanted to use my virtual machine to test a bootable USB disk...
I've never really been a huge fan of the changes that were made in Windows Virtual PC. I mainly use Virtual PC as a quick sandbox for testing various applications, scripts, or configuration changes. So when I start up a Virtual PC... I really don't want to simulate an RDP session! Therefore, I mostly leave the integration features off, and that works well enough until I try to copy & paste between the host and the virtual. Always annoying...
*cough* all INTENTS AND purposes: eggcorns.lascribe.net/.../intensive-purposes
It's been a while since I've tried to play any old games in Virtual PC, in fact I don't think I've tried it in "XP Mode" yet. Most of the ones I care about are LucasArts adventures, which play well in ScummVM. Escape from Monkey Island (MI4) doesn't, because it's not a SCUMM game, but it won't play well in any virtualization because it uses 3D acceleration (characters are 3D, but backgrounds are 2D digital art, very much like a theatre environment). From what I recall it doesn't run under Windows 7 natively.
I've also noticed that. Since the time I started to use Virtual PC I've found another hit release where this issues with the video performance happens:
- The first was in Virtual PC 5.1. The difference of the video emulation (I don't know if related to the emulated S3 or the motherboard bus) between this version and the next (5.2) was something everybody stated. It was more notorius on slow PCs or hosts with few RAM (256 MB).
- Now, as you stated, Virtual PC to Windows Virtual PC.
I know that in emulation terms, generaly as long as you get a better emulation of a system it becomes slower compared to first or medium releases due to the fact that you insert many HLE optimizations avoiding some functions to make the emulator faster. But as you're getting closer to perfect emulation, you have to emulate the "hard things" that the original hardware do and that implies significant performance hit as the processor must do that part.
But here, in Virtual PC, what happened? Because I see that the way Microsoft is approaching this is by using syntetic hardware (as seen on Hyper-V where if I'm not wrong, ALL is syntetic hardware (even the mouse)) and that would result in a faster result, not slower.
Maybe I'm missing something?
When i try to play diablo on the Windows Virtual PC (xp edition) it says that it cant find certian things and it wont play at all
What is the exact error message that you get?
You mention Virtual PC supports USB joysticks but even though Windows 7 sees them okay Virtual PC doesn't show up any HID in the USB menu to be able to attach it to the virtual PC. Guess it's no Tie Fighter for me. :(
I uninstalled Windows Virtual PC and installed Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 SP1. It has much better support for DOS, including faster graphics, folder sharing, and full screen expansion/scaling.
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Right you mention USB joysticks work with this, however I have spent the last two hours (yes, only) trying to get my attack 3 to run (Aye, I want to use this to run old games) but simply can't . Now my installer for virtual PC is not the newest. Does a later version provide support here? I thought I'd ask before losing "airtime" unnecessarily.