OT: Virtual PC vs "Real" PC

Dar Scott dsc at swcp.com
Fri Aug 20 15:15:55 EDT 2004

On Aug 20, 2004, at 12:52 PM, Sannyasin Sivakatirswami wrote:

> Does Virtual PC really do a good enough job? Or do I need to 
> requisition a cheap Dell running windows 2000. The "lo-end" Windows 
> user experience would be the target.

For checking it out, Virtual PC is good.  It can be slow on Mac.  The 
plus of slow is that it exposes some silly gui and graphics things you 
might be doing.  The minus of slow is that it may not be sufficient to 
get the feel of a user's interaction.

A used computer with an OS can be cheap.  The greater cost might 
finding a place to set it up.  And lugging in a monitor.

If you need to test on lots of Windows platforms, I'd consider a good 
PC with XP Pro and then Virtual PC for Windows with several operating 
systems.  If this qualifies (and I think it would), you might get most 
or all the software you need with the right msdn level.

     Dar Scott Consulting
     Programming Services

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