M$ VPC 2004 -vs- VMware Workstation 4 and VPC questions

Discussion in 'Virtual PC' started by Mark, Feb 29, 2004.

  1. Mark

    Mark Guest

    On Microsoft's web site I do not see a comparison to M$ VPC 2004 to
    VMware's VMware Workstation 4 product. I am looking at these two
    products to determine which one is best for me.

    The reason I am looking into using either M$ VPC 2004 or VMware
    Workstation 4 is for technical support and software testing reasons. I
    may need to install the selected product on two computers, which both
    computers are mine, and will need to find out the details of each
    product such as limitations.

    Here are some of my questions needing answers:

    Does VPC 2004 allow guest OSes to use the DVD/CD read/writer
    capabilities in burning software like Nero 6 Ultra Edition?

    Does VPC 2004 restrict the video usage in the guest OSes?

    Could I install VPC 2004 on my second computer with copying over the
    guest OSes for back up and secondary use?

    Does VPC 2004 allow you to copy-and-paste and drag-n-drop between or
    among the guest OSes?

    Thanks.
     
    Mark, Feb 29, 2004
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  2. Hi Mark,

    Of course, both have trial versions so I suggest you give them both a run to
    see which one suits you better
    Can you be a bit more specific?
    Not sure, I don't have a handy copy of the EULA
    Yes

    --
    --Jonathan Maltz [Microsoft MVP - Windows Server, Virtual PC]
    http://www.visualwin.com - A Windows Server 2003 visual, step-by-step
    tutorial site :)
    http://vpc.visualwin.com - Does <insert OS name> work on VPC 2004? Find out
    here
    Only reply by newsgroup. I do not do technical support via email. Any
    emails I have not authorized are deleted before I see them.
     
    Jonathan Maltz [MS-MVP], Feb 29, 2004
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  3. Mark

    Mark Guest

    Thank you for the VPC 2004 answers.

    I rather not waste the time on both products. I would like to narrow
    down which of the two products I would prefer to use and then use the
    trial versions. I read through VMware's user guide (PDF format
    available online) and see some restrictions that I experienced in
    earlier versions still exist in current versions.
    Does the guest OS use the actual video card or use a designated or
    emulated video driver in the guest OS?
    I searched the Microsoft web site and could not find the VPC 2004 EULA
    online. I would like to read the EULA and know about the restrictions.
    Microsoft and other software vendors puts their software license
    agreements inside of the software packages where users cannot read them.
    You have to open the software package to read the EULA and at times
    you need to install the software or break open the software seal to read
    the EULA.
     
    Mark, Feb 29, 2004
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  4. Hi,
    It uses a designated emulated (says that 5 times fast) video card/driver.
    This is the S3 Trio 32/64

    In regards to the EULA, you do seem to be correct, the only way to access it
    is to run the installer, however this site (
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/virtualpc/howtobuy/default.asp ) seems to
    hint that no matter what, the retail edition may only be installed on a
    signle computer

    --
    --Jonathan Maltz [Microsoft MVP - Windows Server, Virtual PC]
    http://www.visualwin.com - A Windows Server 2003 visual, step-by-step
    tutorial site :)
    http://vpc.visualwin.com - Does <insert OS name> work on VPC 2004? Find out
    here
    Only reply by newsgroup. I do not do technical support via email. Any
    emails I have not authorized are deleted before I see them.
     
    Jonathan Maltz [MS-MVP], Feb 29, 2004
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