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  • Blog Post: Shutting down a virtual machine

    What happens when you use the Virtual PC / Virtual Server / Hyper-V user interface to shut down a virtual machine? At the simplest level – we send a message over to the virtual machine that asks the guest operating system to shut down, and then we wait. But this is where things get a little tricky. We...
  • Blog Post: Turning off a virtual machine

    Virtual PC, Virtual Server and Hyper-V all have a simple command to “Turn off” a running virtual machine. Unfortunately, it is one that causes us a bit of consternation when we look at it with usability and user friendliness in mind. A long time ago (just over 10 years ago) most computers had big mechanical...
  • Blog Post: The Elder Scrolls: Arena under Virtual PC

    'The Elder Scrolls: Arena' is the first game in the Elder Scrolls series - the latest of which is the fantastic 'The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind' - available for X-Box and PC. The makers of The Elder Scroll series have just recently decided to make this classic role playing game available for free download...
  • Blog Post: The other reason why I love Virtual PC

    Would have to be because I love nothing more than to just tinker with old and esoteric operating systems - and find out what makes them tick.  On the virtual machine team I am known as the person who is most likely to know why obscure operating system XYZ has some oddity in it. Needless to say I...
  • Blog Post: Why I hate drag and drop in Virtual PC...

    I guess I'll start with why I love drag and drop in Virtual PC. Firstly - Virtual PC is the most drag and drop friendly application I know. Want to mount a CD .ISO? Drag and drop it on to the CD icon. Want to change the .VHD? Drag and drop the new .VHD file onto the 'Virtual hard disk file:' text box...
  • Blog Post: Time to begin the C&C saga - on Virtual PC

    Okay, Recently a couple of people have asked me how to get various members of the Command and Conquer (C&C) series running under Virtual PC.  As a long time C&C fanatic - I happen to own all of the versions - and have figured out how to get them working under Virtual PC.  So I figured...
  • Blog Post: Virtual PC 2004 SP1 is now available...

    You can grab it from: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=b07c9ef0-265a-4237-ae3b-25bc8937d40f&displaylang=en It has a bunch of bug fixes - most notable mentions include: Improved performance for XP SP2 as a guest Bug fixes for running on Athlon and Prescott processors You can...
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