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Microsoft Virtual PC 7.0

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VirtualPC702Inst.ZIP (18.31 MB)
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VirtualPC703Upd.ZIP (16.70 MB)
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Virtual_PC_for_Mac_Version_7_Microsoft_Corporation_2004.iso (560.50 MB)
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Virtual_PC_for_Mac_Version_7_Installation_CD_2_Microsoft_2004.iso (615.64 MB)
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Guides on emulating older applications

Virtual PC for Mac lets you run Microsoft Windows applications, access Windows networks, use Windows-only Internet applications, and share files with Windows-based colleagues. Virtual PC for Mac employs standard Mac controls and commands. It gives you the flexibility to work across platforms--side by side--without changing your Mac OS, software or files. Say goodbye to compatibility issues. Virtual PC for Mac lets you have the best of both worlds.

This is the full .DMG of Virtual PC 7.0.2 for Mac OS X (first download link) and its German version (second download link). It will not run under Mac OS 9, but Mac OS X only. This allows you to run Windows, Linux and any other virtual machine on a PowerPC G3, G4, or G5 processor. Please note this program is now considered abandonware because Microsoft no longer supports the product. The last update for this program was released in September of 2007, which is version 7.0.3 (provided in the third download link, working for all languages). Microsoft is no longer selling the product because of Apple's switch to Intel. There is no license required. You need to burn the .DMG file to a CD to install it. You can't just mount and install it will ask you to insert a CD.
[comment by user almightyM: I never had to burn it, for me it always did work by simply mounting the image. I did it that way in 10.4 Tiger and 10.5 Leopard.]


  1. For Linux guests, use vga=<mode> to set the guests screen resolution.

Known issues:

  1. Leopard users will want to modify VirtualPCNetworking1040.kext, to prevent it from appearing in the dock. (modified kext for version 7.0.3 in fourth link, just copy to /Library/Extensions and replace old one)
  2. Under Windows XP guests, Internet Explorer 8 does not display rendered pages correctly, instead just a white page is shown. Enabling compatibility updates may fix this problem.
  3. If under a Linux guest the (wheel) mouse is not detected correctly (kernels 2.6 and newer), use the kernel parameters i8042.noloop and psmouse.proto=imps to correct wrong AUX port (/dev/psaux) detection.
  4. Linux kernel versions from 3.4.3 (17 June 2012) onward mistook the emulated IDE controller for the one included in Hyper-V and ignored the hard disk drive. This was corrected with a fix (18 September 2012) which went into kernels 3.8 (released 18 February 2013) and 3.4.36 (released 14 March 2013) and newer. However, Linux as a guest system can still be used with affected kernels by adding the kernel parameter ata_piix.prefer_ms_hyperv=0

Other Virtual PC versions: 1.0b6 and 1.0fc2, 2.0 and 2.1.3, 3.0 upgrade & 3.0.3, 4.0, 5.0 and 5.0.4, and 6.0.

Architecture: PPC

Bare Minimum Requirements:
Mac OS X 10.2.8 or higher (if you have a G5 processor the software will require Mac OS X 10.3 or higher)
32 Bit
8 MB of VRAM
512 MB of RAM
PowerPC G3 (400 MHz or higher), G4, G5.


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by MacTouch - 2018, October 26 - 3:55pm

And YW again, Mike. Wink If someone needs some help for uploading or else, just let me know, I will be very pleased... Smile

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by MikeTomTom - 2018, October 26 - 1:37am

Thanks again, MacTouch. I guess these CD's from the IA will mainly be of use as replacement disks for licensed owners of the XP install, like slomacuser.

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by MacTouch - 2018, October 25 - 1:25pm


Not sure, but I have looked into it. It looks like to be the installer alone. When comparing, sizes of files in the content of the app are not the same, especially for license files. I suppose they, all, are requiring a licensing key...

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by xksteve - 2018, October 25 - 12:34pm

Hi slomacuser, Sorry did not spot your reply but I see others have helped so that is really cool.

On that note - I would not have been able to assist as my VPC7.0 CD is a genuine volume licence agreement version so I only have a single disk as that is all MS supplied us (us being my IT company) and you would only be able to use a VLA key not the EULA key (or at least that is what MS lead us to believe).

Hope you are sorted out now and got VPC running.

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by MikeTomTom - 2018, October 25 - 1:00am

Thanks, MacTouch. I see there is also a "Microsoft Licensing CD for Virtual PC 7 Mac, though I don't know if it's also required or is of any significance.

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by MacTouch - 2018, October 24 - 2:29pm

Hi Mike & thanks, I've uploaded the 2 discs... Smile

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by MikeTomTom - 2018, October 24 - 5:07am

@slomacuser: I hope this helps:

Virtual PC for Mac Version 7 (Installation CD 2) - via: Internet Archive.

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by slomacuser - 2018, October 23 - 4:44pm

Hi xksteve, could you please upload the second CD as mine is broken? thx


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by xksteve - 2018, August 16 - 11:41am

Just as a point of interest. I had a bit of trouble getting the VPC to boot the captured cd in order to instal XP. Both the VPC 7 CD and XP were originals (For which I have licences) But as soon as I used Disc Utility to create a .cdr (CD DVD Master) disk image and captured that (Macs CD/DVD drive empty) it booted straight to the image and installed. Now it might be that my CD drive is worn out and it does make a close attempt every hour or so even though it is closed but if you have trouble try a image instead of CD - remember 8.3 naming when you save the image and it must be cdr not dmg.

XP runs ok even with my 24inch BenQ display and is as smooth as my 2009 Wintel with a 1.8 C2D and 4 gb ram so good enough to use for my needs (programming micro controllers).

Hope this helps someone.

Machine 2004 G5 2.0 DP 8gb ram 1tb HD OSX 10.5.8 (and a shed of other upgrades, well we do don't we? lol)

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by muttztfz - 2018, August 16 - 4:33am

So, here's my experience with VPC7 on a Power Mac G5, first series, running Mac OS X 10.2.8 (G5) Jaguar. Which is, of couse, totally unsupported...

First, it checks the specs and wouldn't install. The official requirements are:
Mac OS X 10.2.8, 10.3.0 or 10.4.1 or higher on a Power Mac G3 or G4.
Mac OS X 10.3.0 or 10.4.1 or higher on a Power Mac G5.

I figured it may have been by mistake, since the G5 only very early for a very short time even shipped with Jaguar (10.2.7 was the pre-installed version). But the installer actually checks that it's a) a G5 and b) 10.2.8 and refuses to continue by showing a message that at least "Mac OS 10.3" is required and that I should upgrade. Nice.

I got it to install anyway. This involved a little Terminal trickery thou, because I had to alter /System/Library/CoreServices/SystemVersion.plist...

First, I got TextEdit to be run as superuser aka "root". This is required to save SystemVersion.plist due to access rights. Changing the rights could be another way to do it, which opens other issues (like security issues...) For TextEdit to be started as superuser, the precondition is that another TextEdit isn't already running! This is because the dock cannot differenciate between the two instances of TextEdit, so neither can you! So, from, do:
sudo /Applications/

Then load /System/Library/CoreServices/SystemVersion.plist in this super-TextEdit and change
and save it, but keep TextEdit open.

Then start the installer for VirtualPC 7.0.x. After the installer shows the first page (which it does after checking the faked version), go back to TextEdit and change the version string back! IMPORTANT!

An issue on 10.2 Jaguar was that TextEdit, running as root, couldn't be closed from the dock, only from the menu (or using the keyboard shortcut Cmd+Q). BTW AFAIK this does work on 10.3 and higher.

Follow the VPC7 installation, restart the computer.
The same TextEdit/SystemVersion.plist procedure is required to get the 7.0.3 update installed.

The only painful part is that it's also needed to do the TextEdit-SystemVersion trick to get the installed VirtualPC started. Every time. Once started, again, the SystemVersion.plist should be changed back, otherwise the consequences could be... well, they are undetermined, but it could influence other programs and make them unstable should the version be left at 10.3.0.

So far I was unable to find a hack inside of VPC7 itself to disable this check - which would be the preferred way to hack this properly.

Anyway, I can confirm that VPC7 on a G5 on Jaguar does run properly... for the most part. It occasionally acts up (unexpectedly quits or glitches when interacting with the dock), but it works in a way that is usable...

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by os9er - 2018, July 11 - 4:11pm

For some reason the disk image in the first D/L won't mount on my OS X 10.4.11 system. When the error message comes up, it says "Device not configured". Is it a problem with the image, or a problem with my system?

EDIT: Downloaded Virtual PC 6.0 and the image of that version won't open either. Comes up with the same error. Must be my system...

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by WhosIt.There - 2016, March 28 - 4:35am

I just installed the 7.0.2 version on my Mac. No need to burn a CD - I just mounted the disc image, but you do have to remount the image after the computer reboots so the set-up can finish properly.

Despite the "Recommended System Requirements", it seems to work fine so far on my PowerMac G3 266MHz under Mac OS X 10.2.8 and using Windows 95.

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by almightyM - 2015, April 20 - 3:52pm

Hi, i just added the german version and a premade kext for Leopard users! Smile

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by almightyM - 2015, April 20 - 12:45pm

Can anyone please upload the german version of this?
I cannot find a mirror with that file in it...
Thanks in advance

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by greendayfan1010 - 2011, November 25 - 10:14am

I think you can put the links back online because I went to the link posted above and Virtual PC 7 does not show up anywhere.

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by bertyboy - 2011, November 19 - 7:55am

It was OK for me, dual 2.5 G5 w 8GB RAM. But I know what you mean, it was just OK, not like a real PC, and a million miles from XP in Parallels on my Mac Pro.

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by Bolkonskij - 2011, November 18 - 10:34pm

What is your experience regarding the emulation speed with Version 7? Windows XP runs very sluggish for me, barely usable. Since I have a high-end PowerPC G5 here now, I am curious if that's normal for VPC 7 or if I simply chose some bad settings? (assigned it plenty of RAM, picked low resolution, low color depth etc.)

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by turtlecroc - 2011, October 11 - 2:06am

Intel-based "Macs" are not Macs at all. They're PC clones that run another OS (OSX).

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by IIGS_User - 2010, April 1 - 5:39pm

Then I'll remove the Intel platform compatibility now. Wink

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by Paul Sondervan - 2010, April 1 - 5:05pm

Virtual PC 7 has never been ported to the Intel platform.
In fact, none of the Virtual PC versions are able to run natively on an Intel based Mac.

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by IIGS_User - 2010, April 1 - 3:26pm

Are you sure this runs on an Intel processor based Mac?

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by Kasm279 - 2010, April 1 - 6:29am

Would it be ok to upload an older (v2) version that works on OS7-9 only?

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by MileStones - 2009, November 22 - 10:55am

Don't get me wrong I am just trying to help
Legal Advice: Well I would advise you to edit your comment post to it not being your legit Serial Number, that doesn't mean this isn't a backup copy of someone's property.

Since Microsoft still provides downloads and infos such as updates on Virtual PC and secondary stores still continue to sell them, its availability is still %100 profitable, hence its illegal to post property such as licenses, as the subsidiary selling license still holds... according to my infos anyway, there has never been an exact statement of classifying Virtual PC for Mac abandonware.

That doesn't mean however that in 1/2/3 years time this couldn't open up, in fact I strongly believe so.

Thanks for the info on the abandonware...

Other info: I am saying its pirated, because that exact SN has been posted everywhere on the net, most notably that you-know-which Box.

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by bertyboy - 2009, November 21 - 5:36pm

Strange I bought my copy, and I have a serial.

If it's your copy, and it's abandonware, post your serial here. M$ will be at your front door before you can call a lawyer.

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by bubzie5 - 2009, November 21 - 4:21pm

I hope this clears the confusion up. :]

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by bubzie5 - 2009, November 21 - 4:20pm

First of all. Microsoft provided these cds with a built in serial number so the user did not have to enter the serial number in. When you insert the cd it will auto activate the product. You know how Microsoft is big on keeping piracy down. This was a step they took to make sure the product does not get pirated. But to assure you this is my copy i bought from Microsoft in early 2006. Of course Microsoft no longer supports this product because of Apples Switch to intel so it is abandonware and Microsoft no longer sells the product.

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by MileStones - 2009, November 21 - 9:17am

This upload has a pirated Serial Number incorporated, be aware!!