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  1. #1

    Member Since
    Apr 01, 2005
    Running windows on G4 PPC
    I just downloaded Guest PC and nothing was happening until I realized I need to actually install a windows software. Duh! My question is can I download it right to the Mac or do I need a Windows CD?

    Also if anyone can provide more info on running windows on a PPC I would really appreciate it.

  2. #2

    Member Since
    Sep 08, 2008
    Shakopee, MN
    iMac, late 2012 model, 21"
    That machine won't run Windows. You need and Intel-based Mac to do that. Sorry.

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    Member Since
    Apr 01, 2005
    It said for PPC, I made sure of that before I downloaded it.

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    JnCrWe's Avatar
    Member Since
    Feb 04, 2012
    Shreveport, LA, USA
    MacBook Pro 8,1 (2.4/8/500/10.7.3)
    According to Guest PC's website, you'll need an installation CD:

    Guest PC: How To Install Windows

    You'll be emulating an entire x86 system, so performance will probably not be great. I'm sure it'll be usable enough (people got by with such solutions before Intel-based Macs came along), but it's something to keep in mind.
    Prodigal Mac User

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    chas_m's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 22, 2010
    Victoria, BC
    Mid-2012 MBP (16GB, 1TB HD), Monoprice 24-inch second monitor, iPhone 5s 32GB, iPad Air 2 64GB
    Prepare for the slowest Windows you've ever experienced. For that system, I'd *strongly* recommend nothing higher than Windows XP. Remember also that you'll need to install an Anti-Virus and Anti-Malware system of some kind of that Windows install is going to connect to the internet.

    I'm pleased to see that something even EXISTS as an option for PPC users, but I must be blunt and tell you there's no way I'd pay that kind of money for an experience that is sure to be awful compared to genuine PCs.

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    harryb2448's Avatar
    Member Since
    Nov 28, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    iMac i5 2.7GHz, 16GB memory, OS 10.11.1.
    As chas_m suggests, just give it a miss. Probably the best emulator for PowerPC machines was VirtualPC from Microsoft which has been unsupported now for many years.

    And even as the 'best' it was diabolical!
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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