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  • Ben Armstrong

    Paganitzu under Virtual PC

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    ########### PAGANITZU FROM APOGEE ########### Indiana Jones look out--here comes Alabama Smith! Paganitzu is an epic EGA graphics adventure game in a vast Aztec pyramid. Can you overcome the amazing puzzles in the many perilous chambers. Longest animated...
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    Drag and drop off of Virtual PC console

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    A little known feature of Virtual PC is that you can select a virtual machine in the Virtual PC Console and drag and drop it off on to the desktop. This will create a shortcut on the desktop that can be used to launch the selected virtual machine directly...
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    Amiga Research Operating System under Virtual PC / Virtual Server

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    One of my favorite uses of Virtual PC / Virtual Server is to play around with various different operating systems. The Amiga research operating system (AROS) is one that caught my eye - downloadable from http://www.aros.org/ the developers describe it...
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    Hocus Pocus under Virtual PC

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    #### HOCUS POCUS v1.1 by APOGEE! (VGA) #### #### 386SX or higher -- 567K required #### Scrolling action game like Mario Bros., with constant variety of levels, graphics, music, enemies and awesome parallaxing backgrounds. In a magical kingdom, Hocus must...
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    Tweaking the BIOS boot order under Virtual PC / Virtual Server

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    Virtual PC and Virtual Server do not provide a direct user interface to allow people to change settings in the virtual machines. The way that you change settings in the BIOS under a virtual machine is by hitting the 'DEL' key to enter the BIOS during...
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    Cosmo's Cosmic Adventure under Virtual PC

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    #### COSMO'S COSMIC ADVENTURE - APOGEE! #### ALL-NEW, Mar. 1992. SUPERB EGA/VGA graphics. Full-screen wide adventure/action game made with SUPERIOR graphics than our Duke Nukum. Show-stopping animation! FIRST EVER IBM PC GAME WITH MULTI-SCROLLING LEVELS...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Windows 3.0 under Virtual PC (again)

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    A long time ago I posted about the fact that if you try run Windows 3.0 under Virtual PC - it will only work if you use the EGA video driver - and even then the color pallete will be corrupted ( http://blogs.msdn.com/virtual_pc_guy/archive/2004/10/20...
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    Crystal Caves under Virtual PC

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    Crystal Caves is another platform game developed by Apogee - and it is built using the same game engine as Secret Agent. ########### CRYSTAL CAVES ########### Ultra-smooth, full-screen scrolling EGA animation and graphics, like Commander Keen. You...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Tips for compacting virtual hard disks

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    A couple of weeks ago Guoqiang Wu posted an article on compacting virtual hard disks ( http://blogs.msdn.com/guowu/archive/2005/05/17/418457.aspx ). The main issue he addresses is that in order to efficiently compact a virtual hard disk - you need to...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Secret Agent under Virtual PC

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    #### SECRET AGENT - BY APOGEE SOFTWARE! #### ALL-NEW for Feb. 1992. EGA/VGA graphics. Full-screen scrolling adventure/action game were you play a top agent who must retrieve stolen plans to a deadly laser satellite. Action and puzzles galore! Secret...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Cool 'quick backup' script for Virtual Server

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    Jeff Trumbull has just posted a very cool 'quick virtual machine backup' script for Virtual Server at: http://cwashington.netreach.net/depo/view.asp?Index=1049&ScriptType=vbscript The big trick involved in this script is that he uses vshadow.exe...
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    StarCraft under Virtual PC

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    A month or two ago I was emailed an application compatibility report from another team at Microsoft - which had run an extensive application compatibility test suite under Virtual PC. Of the ~400 applications this test suite had tested, 12 had reported...
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    Running the checked version of Windows under Virtual PC

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    When I was working at Connectix it was occasionally reported that the checked version of Windows XP would not run under Virtual PC (Driver developers use the checked build of Microsoft Windows to identify and diagnose operating-system-level problems ...
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    Scorched Earth under Virtual PC

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    Scorched Earth is one of the all time classic DOS games. It is a superb implementation of an artillery game where you get to control a tank and try to blow up everyone else. It is a very simple - but quite addictive game. As you progress through the game...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Watching DVR recordings under Virtual PC

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    For the last couple of months I have been an avid user of Windows Media Center 2005. One of the features I enjoy the most is the ability to watch shows that I have recorded directly on my computer. Well - for reasons which I will not go into to - my main...
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    Shared components of Virtual PC and Virtual Server

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    Microsoft supports having both Virtual PC and Virtual Server installed on the same computer at the same time. When a user does this there are two major 'shared components' between the two products. The virtual machine monitor (VMM.SYS) which is responsible...
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    Nintendo Game and Watch simulators under Virtual PC

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    Recently I was contacted by someone who was trying to get some old Nintendo Game and Watch simulators to run under Virtual PC. These are highly authentic versions of the classic handheld games that I had always wanted when I was a kid. You can download...
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    Warlords BattleCry under Virtual PC

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    Warlords BattleCry is an interesting spin off from the original Warlords series. It is not a turn based strategy game (like the others in the series) but is a real time strategy. As far as realtime strategy games go - it is not that bad - but to be honest...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Using RAID and Mirror configurations under Virtual PC

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    One obscure thing that you can do with Virtual PC is to configure it to support software RAID and Mirror implementations While this is rather pointless from a practical perspective (as you are not actually gaining any performance or redundancy) - it useful...
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    Warlords III under Virtual PC

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    Moving on in the Warlords series - we arrive at Warlords III. Warlords III continues to enhance the Warlords series - adding new features, better graphics, more advanced 'Hero' building methods and the concept of a 'campaign'. I am constantly torn between...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Sending custom parameters into virtual machines under Virtual Server

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    In a previous post ( http://blogs.msdn.com/virtual_pc_guy/archive/2005/01/24/359650.aspx ) - I discussed how Virtual PC / Virtual Server provide basic information about the host computer in the registry of the guest operating system. Virtual Server extends...
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    Virtual PC vs. Virtual Server whitepaper

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    One of the most common questions I get asked is 'What is the difference between Virtual PC and Virtual Server?' - so we now have a handy little whitepaper that details this for people: http://download.microsoft.com/download/1/4/d/14d17804-1659-435d...
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    Running Windows XP Tablet Edition under Virtual PC

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    To be honest - I had never thought about installing Windows XP Tablet Edition under Virtual PC. That is until someone emailed me letting me know that it worked (thanks Paul Langton). This is actually pretty cool for two reasons: If a user is running...
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    Warlords II under Virtual PC 2004

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    In my opinion - Warlords II is probably one of the greatest turn based warfare strategy games of all time. Warlords II took the Warlords I concepts and extended them in many significant ways. Warlords II saw the introduction of: Randomly generated...
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    Support for large ISO images in Virtual Server SP1 Beta

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    One of the new features / bug fixes in the Virtual Server SP1 Beta release is that we now support the use of ISO images that are over 2.2GB in size (yay!). A number of people have wondered why we supported ISO images up to 2.2GB in size but not higher...
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