A new version of Virtual PC Test Drive for Mac OS X is available to all registered users of Virtual PC 4.0. It has several improvements over the one released at MacWorld New York, according to Rishi Gupta of
“We added a fix to increase performance with Windows 2000,” Gupta said. “This should dramatically speed up boot time and overall performance of Windows 2000, NT and XP Virtual Machines running in the Test Drive.”
The new version also fixes an issue with PPP connections causing crashes when launching Test Drive. Finally, it resolves a problem that caused the Test Drive to crash when virtual machines were set to use Unique IP under Virtual PC 4.0.2 in OS 9.1, then booted in the Test Drive.
The Virtual PC Test Drive is a timed-out early preview of Virtual PC 4.0 running on Mac OS X that will expire on Jan. 31, 2002.
“The Test Drive demonstrates our strong commitment to the Mac market and to our Virtual PC customers. Its goal is to allow Virtual PC customers to prepare for their migration to Mac OS X,” said Mitchell Cipriano, Connectix vice president of marketing, “By providing these early Mac OS X users with the VPC Test Drive and the user forum for feedback and discussion, these users will influence the future direction of Virtual PC and Connectix will be able to deliver a better product for Mac OS X.”
Like Virtual PC for Mac OS 9, the Virtual PC for Mac OS X Test Drive runs almost all PC-based operating systems, including Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows 2000, Windows 95, Windows NT, DOS and several Linux distributions.
VPC users who take Test Drive for a, well, test drive can use existing VPC drive images and saved states from VPC 4, Cipriano told MacCentral. See our
July 19 article for details.