Retroanaconda Posted December 26, 2009 Share Posted December 26, 2009 Okay, so some people have found out recently that unfortunately as technology moves on...some software doesn't. I guess that because the market doesn't require it (most garages are still running XP or earlier), the people who make Microcat don't upgrade the basic under-system that means it won't work on modern operating systems. Now, I don't know if it's the new operating systems, Vista and 7, that just cause Microcat to not work or not. It may well work on 32-bit versions, but as I upgraded to 64-bit when Vista came out in January 2007 and have been x64 ever since, I've never been able to test that. The solution below will work for either anyhow. This is how I get around it. First, one has to obtain a copy of Microsoft Virtual XP from here: Windows Vista http://www.microsoft...&displaylang=en Windows 7 http://www.microsoft...09-2545b08e11dd Now, I tried using the 'Virtual XP Mode' feature of Win 7, but it didn't like Microcat for some reason. I found it easier to just download Virtual PC on it's own, and set up an XP install on it myself. It's also worth noting that I'm installing this on Win 7 64-bit, the process might be slightly different on other platforms. Should be able to follow along though You will need a (preferably legit) copy of Windows XP. Any unused one from an old PC will do, so long as you have the license key. If it's an old copy then it doesn't really matter, you can let it update itself with Windows Update from within the virtual PC if you wish. Install Virtual PC as per any other program. On Windows 7 at least it counts as a Windows Update. Next you need to create a new virtual machine. The default options are fine for what we need, although I upped the RAM to 1,024MB: Once you have the virtual machine set up, select it in the Virtual Machines window and click Settings. Select DVD drive on the left. What you choose on the right now option-wise depends on how you will be installing your copy of XP. If you have a physical disc then choose 'access a physical drive' and select your optical drive (usually D:), if you are loading it from an ISO disc image then choose that option and browse to find the ISO file itself. If you don't know what an ISO file is then you probably won't be doing that option! Now, close the settings window (OK) and then double-click your virtual machine in the Virtual Machines window. It should start 'loading up' as it were, and you should be able to install Windows XP as if you were installing it on a real machine. I can't really provide specific instructions for this bit as everyone's system may differ, but if you have any problems we should be able to help you out if you tell us what's happening. When it is done you should have a 'new' Windows XP install like this: I should take the opportunity to explain to those not in the know what emulation and Virtual PC really is. Basically, it allows you to have a completely self-contained computer system running within your own system, virtually on the CPU without any hardware. It uses some hardware components of your PC, such as the network (which is bridged across by default to allow the virtual machine to access the internet etc.) and input devices (keyboard, mouse) etc, and emulates the rest. This means the graphics and sound processing 'hardware' on the virtual machine is actually just software, so it's not really up to a huge amount of 3D graphics/sound work like games etc. It also means that the speed of the virtual machine is dependant on the speedo of your real machine, the faster your CPU is and the more RAM you have in the real PC, the better the emulation will work. For 'usual' PC use it is fine, and Microcat is well within the limits of the system. Okay, now you're up and running with Windows, install Microcat as you normally would. If you are installing from a disc (or pair of discs), either genuine or burned from the images I or others have uploaded, then you will hopefully have the virtual PC still set up to just use your CD drive, so just stick in your Microcat CDs and install that way. If you aren't installing from a CD, and have the ISO images downloaded to your PC, then if you click Tools, and then Settings again, you can select the option to load an ISO image and browse to find the file. When asked for the second disc, just repeat the process for the second CD. After all this you should have a fully working Microcat system as per the old days. You may need to use the Microlaunch app to get it to work if the version you have is more than 60 days old, but this is covered elsewhere: Hope that is of help to some peeps. Any questions, well you know how to reach me, or post it in here and we'll all try and help out. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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