Query failed: connection to localhost:9312 failed (errno=111, msg=Connection refused). Free Virtual PC's? - Mac Software Discussions on AppleInsider Forums Toggle navigation All Forums Recent Posts Sign In Free Virtual PC's? mac_noob Posted: June 11, 2004 7:23AM in Mac Software edited January 2014 Is there any way to run windows software on a Mac without having to spend a ton of money?? Maybe a program like Virtual PC thats shareware? Thanks. Comments Reply 1 of 6 karl kuehn Posts: 756member June 11, 2004 12:16PM Most of the cost of Windows emulation software is Windows itself... so the answer is going to be no. There are other emulators out there, but you still have to buy Windows.A few years ago I bought RealPC for about $50, with DOS, as I only wanted it to run a few DOS games, and one program that I was working on re-creating on the Mac... Needed to see it run so that I could duplicate it (custom software... no IP issues). Reply 2 of 6 mac_noob Posts: 5member June 11, 2004 12:45PM I have a copy of windows ready to use, so I guess I'll have to buy VPC then. Reply 3 of 6 randycat99 Posts: 1,919member June 12, 2004 12:26AM I haven't been able to find any demoware OSX VPC, either. Does it even exist? I want to see how it runs before I buy.If it is any consolation, M$ is offering that "free" copy of VPC bundled with Office deal. Of course, when you see what an official, legal copy of Office is, it makes OS purchases look cheap. We'll miss you Connectix... Reply 4 of 6 t'hain esh kelch Posts: 1,274member June 12, 2004 1:40PM Quote:Originally posted by Randycat99 I haven't been able to find any demoware OSX VPC, either. Does it even exist? I want to see how it runs before I buy.Ill tell you, its slooooooooooow. Reply 5 of 6 randycat99 Posts: 1,919member June 12, 2004 2:09PM Do you mean "slow" as in the usual VPC slow (in previous versions), or "slow" as in "What have they done to my VPC" slow? Reply 6 of 6 opuscroakus Posts: 316member June 12, 2004 4:08PM Quote:Originally posted by Randycat99 Do you mean "slow" as in the usual VPC slow (in previous versions), or "slow" as in "What have they done to my VPC" slow? He means slooooooooow as in the shareware options for PC emulation will make you think VPC isn't all that bad. If you already have a copy of Windoze, your best bet would be to buy VPC DOS version. You should be able to find it for under $120. My recommendation from personal experience is to use Win98 or Win2K. Sign In or Register to comment.