I’ve always liked Virtual PC, and it was a shame IMHO when Microsoft twisted this fantastic utility in some glorified IE6 box, A’la “Windows XP Mode” for Windows 7.
So I downloaded and installed VMWare Player, as I’ve heard you can use it to run ESX among other things requiring hardware acceleration, and Â player fits the bill for being cheap.
Passing the hardware acceleration to a child VM is a matter of checking a single box in the settings. Â Namely the ‘Virtualize Intel VT-x/EPT or AMD-V/RVI” box. Â Although you don’t have to click it if you want, it just offers greater performance.
Now I installed my old copy of XP x64, as I felt like something different, then I went ahead and installed Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 sp1. Â The installation was pretty uneventful.
Now with that out of the way, I could setup a VM,and I decided to install OS/2 1.21 for the heck of it.
And it booted up no problems, like it did back in the XP days. Â I even ran it with and without CPU acceleration and it works on both, but is noticeably faster with acceleration.
So I thought this was interesting, although Virtual PC has been essentially dead ended, it can go on with an older OS in a VM, to let you run VMs.
I would imagine that if VMWare Player could run Virtual PC 2007, that 2004 should work as well.