|WinTel boots Windows® XP in about half a minute and Windows 98 in seconds on the 2 GHz Intel® Duo iMac (with the stock 512 MB of RAM)!Microsoft® Windows XP is now a recommended guest operating system*WinTel™ allows host operating systems (and applications) such as Microsoft® Windows to run in a protected, virtual environment in a window on Mac OS X. Now with the included “Qemu“, the instructions may be dynamically translated, drastically enhancing performance, especially on the Intel Macintoshes over our previous versions based on “Bochs”.WinTel is our popular Cocoa graphical user interface used to control the included powerful underlying open-source “Qemu” x86 virtualization/emulation software. We now include both PowerPC and Intel (G4, G5, and Intel) optimized binaries.|
We have successfully tested this version of WinTel/Qemu running Microsoft® Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows NT 4.0, and Windows XP Professional and Ubuntu™ Linux 5.1.0, in addition to the included ten ready-to-use operating systems (see below).
WinTel now features zero-configuration network support for Windows XP and offers limited support for the following: “Sound Blaster” compatible card, USB, and 32-bit color SVGA Video. Your Mac OS X home folder is available in a Windows guest via Samba and files may also be readily transferred between the guest and host operating systems.
A CD-ROM drive is supported and floppy disk support may be achieved by creating a disk image with Apple’s Disk Utility software. The Finder may be used to transfer data between the guest operating system and the host Mac OS X operating system. Special thanks to Gwenolé Beauchesne for his excellent Intel port of Fabrice Bellard’s fast Qemu opensource virtual machine.
We have developed a tutorial for installing Windows XP at WinTel XP Tutorial, we have a tutorial for installing Windows 98 at WinTel 98 Tutorial and a tutorial for installing Windows 95 at WinTel 95 Tutorial. Note that for the use of XP we recommend an Intel-based Mac or a fast G5. Our guest Windows operating system of choice is Windows XP on the Intel Macintoshes and Windows 98 on PPC mainly due to the substantially longer boot times required for XP compared to 98.