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  • Ben Armstrong

    Microsoft BOB lives!

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    Microsoft BOB lives in infamy.  BOB was a graphical shell that ran on top of Windows 3.11 and Windows 95.  It attempted to replace the traditional desktop environment with a visual representation of a house; where all your programs were objects...
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    Win32s under Virtual PC

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    Win32s is an extension set for Windows 3.11 that enables you to run specific 32-bit applications under Windows 3.11. If you need to run an application that needs Win32s under Virtual PC - one of the first issues you will encounter is that Win32s v1.3...
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    Dune 2000 under Virtual PC

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    Next in the Command and Conquer series is Dune 2000. After the success of Command and Conquer, and Red Alert - Westwood decided to go and create a remake of the original Dune 2. This game did not do too well in the market - as at the time that it released...
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    We have a bug with Windows 98 Video

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    Well - it appears that there is a bug in the Virtual Machine Additions video driver for Windows 98 that was included with Virtual PC 2004 Service Pack 1. The bug manifests itself in the following ways: 1) GDI+ applications crash if they try to draw a...
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    Networking Windows 3.11 under Virtual PC

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    Well - now that we have Windows 3.11 up and running under Virtual PC with sound and SVGA video support - the next challenge is to get this sucker on to the Internet. First there are a bunch of updates you will need to download (many thanks to x-com...
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    Red Alert on Virtual PC

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    Well - moving on in the Command and Conquer series - the next game is Red Alert. Unfortunately - Red Alert uses exactly the same game engine as the original Command and Conquer. This means that it suffers from exactly the same type of problems - with...
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    Windows 3.11 on Virtual PC

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    The next operating system to look at under Virtual PC is the pinnacle of 16bit Windows - Windows 3.11. Windows 3.11 installs with no problems under Virtual PC - however to get the best experience under Windows 3.11 you should configure the following settings...
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    When is a bug not a bug?

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    The answer is - when it is not our bug :-) So continuing with the series on Command and Conquer - the next game to look at is the Windows 95 version of Command and Conquer. This is a *very* finicky game. It won't run under Windows XP - no matter how much...
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    Tuning DOS inside of Virtual PC

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    Well - I think it's time to go over how to tune DOS for running inside of Virtual PC. When it comes to DOS applications there is only one thing that counts - base memory. DOS starts with 640k of base memory - and every TSR* / Driver that you load uses...
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    Virtual PC and Command & Conquer

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    From time to time someone will contact me and complain about the fact that Command & Conquer does not run under Virtual PC. The reason for this is that Command & Conquer uses a CPU call that almost no one ever uses (There are only two other programs...
  • Ben Armstrong

    More Operating System Nostalgia

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    Moving forward with the screen shots I posted the other day of CPM and Windows 1.01 - here are a few more: Windows 2.03: This was the first version of Windows that actually displayed its UI in a 'window' (odd - isn't it?). Windows 2.03 runs just fine...
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    Ben is on the road this week...

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    I am currently sitting in a hotel in Nashville making this post. I will be in Minnieapolis and Cincinnati later this week - as I am presenting at three Virtual Server launch events. So posting and responding to feedback is going to be hit and miss this...
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    Virtualization versus Emulation...

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    There is a lot of confusion in this world about what the difference between a virtual machine and an emulated machine is. I personally blame this on two factors: 1) Most people don't really care 2) 'Virtual' is an overloaded word in the english language...
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    The other reason why I love Virtual PC

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    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...
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    Why I hate drag and drop in Virtual PC...

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    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...
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    Time to begin the C&C saga - on Virtual PC

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    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...
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    Virtual PC 2004 SP1 is now available...

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    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...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Gaming in Virtual PC...

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    Hi again, A lot of people use Virtual PC for different things. Our primary target markets are: Legacy application migration in the enterprise Development / test / training / demonstration environments. Me - I like to use it for gaming ...
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    Virtual PC Guy's Blog is up and running

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    Hi y'all, Finally got around to setting up my blog. For those who don't know me - I'm Ben Armstrong, a Program Manager on the virtual machine team at Microsoft. This blog will be used to talk about my favorite program of all time - Virtual PC...
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