Macintosh Emulators for Windows

Here are the 6 Macintosh Emulators that are currently available. 2 are demos 4 are free.

Basilisk II Win32 Port

BasiliskII Win32 Build 142 (Freeware)

Homepage: http://www.uni-mainz.de/~bauec002/B2Main.html

Supported Mac Oses:
Up to 7.1.1 with 256 Kb ROM (Classic mode currently broken)
From 7.1 to 7.5.5 with 512 Kb ROM
From 7.1 to 8.1 with 1024 Kb ROM

Requirements:
Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/BeOS/Amiga/Linux
CPU 80486 66Mhz
16 Mb RAM
20 Mb available Hard Drive space
System 7.1
1.44Mb Floppy Drive

Basilisk II is an attempt at creating a free, portable 68k Mac emulator.  It is currently in alpha stage and not completely finished.  Basilisk II requires a copy of a 512K or 1MB Mac ROM and a copy of MacOS 7.x or 8.x to run.  Basilisk II is distributed under the GNU General Public License.

The recent release can emulate a 68040 processor with Floating Point Unit.  It is currently the only emulator that supports Ethernet networking. You can also mount PC partitions in Windows and use the new "virtual desktop" feature that allows the transfer of files to and from Windows inside the Mac OS environment. This is really cool!   8^)

The Windows NT port of Basilisk will run in Windows 95, 98, and NT 4.0.  There are also BeOS,  Unix (Linux), and AmigaOS versions of Basilisk II available here. Basilisk will not run in DOS mode however.

The screen size and resolution of Basilisk can be varied from 600x400@ 256 colors to 1600x1280 @ 32-bit color.  It doesn't have to run full screen.

This Macintosh emulator has pretty much covered all the bases on what people want from an emulator already (except PPC support).

With Basilisk II, I have Internet access through my cable modem which is plugged into an Ethernet card. TCP/IP and Open Transport can be used for Networking via Ethernet. I've used it to network to my Mac under OS 7.01, 7.1.2, 7.5.x, 7.6.x, and 8.x.

Mounting a PC on the Mac desktop is simple. Just make sure you have PC Exchange installed in your Control Panels first. DO NOT format any unknown drives if you get that message after trying to mount a PC partition. But preferably, you should use the new virtual desktop (My Computer) feature to do all the file transfers.

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Executor - Win32

Executor (Demo)

Homepage:
http://www.ardi.com

Supported Mac Oses:
(No ROM needed)

Requirements:
MS-DOS 5.0 or later, Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/Amiga/Linux
CPU 80486 with FPU 80487 (Pentium 133 recommended)
At least 8Mb RAM (16 Mb RAM recommended)
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ARDI has rewritten much of the Macintosh OS and toolbox from scratch. We use this technology in Executor, an application that allows you to run your Macintosh applications on PCs. Executor lets your PC run many Macintosh programs as well as read and write Mac-formatted high-density floppies, Mac SCSI drives, Mac Zip drives, Mac Jaz drives, and read Mac CDs.

Executor for Windows includes both Executor/DOS and Executor/Win32. Executor/DOS will run under DOS versions 6.0 and later, Windows versions 3.1 and later and OS/2 3.0 and later. Executor/Win32 will run on Windows 95, Windows 98 and Windows NT 4.0 and later.

For one copy, Executor/Linux costs $75; Executor/Windows costs $150. Students can get Executor/Linux for $35 and Executor/Windows for $65. Complete pricing information, including quantity discounts and site license information is on a separate page.

After you try out the demo, order the Executor 2 CD-ROM, so you can run Executor 2 on your PC (whether you're running DOS, Windows 3, Windows 95, Windows NT, OS/2, or Linux) without the restrictions the demo has. If you'd prefer to order from a person rather than off the web, give us a call at +1 505 766 9115.

Executor uses no software from Apple Computer. It doesn't require Mac ROMs or a Mac System file. ARDI's engineers have re-implemented from scratch most of the operating system calls that MacOS provides. This provides speed and flexibility albeit currently at a loss in compatibility. Speed is gained by having all the OS calls running as native, rather than emulated software. By not requiring Apple ROMs, ARDI can allow demo versions of Executor, and can work with creators of Mac-only software to use ARDI technology to port their apps to 80x86 based platforms. However, since not all routines have been implemented, Executor has some limitations.

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Fusion-PC

Fusion-PC V3.0 (Freeware)

Homepage: http://www.emulators.com

Supported Mac Oses:
From 7.0.1 to 7.5.5 with 512Kb ROM
and up to 8.1 with 1024 Kb ROM

Requirements:
MS-DOS 3.2 or later, Windows 95/98/Me
CPU 80486 66Mhz
8 Mb RAM
20 Mb available Hard Disk space
1.44Mb Floppy Disk Drive
VESA v1.2 or newer
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FUSION-PC is a software-only, full featured, 68K based Macintosh emulation previously available from Microcode Solutions.  Fusion emulates a 68040 processor with a 040 Floating Point Unit.  Fusion requires a copy of a 512K or 1MB Mac ROM and a copy of System 7.x or Mac OS 8.x to run. 

It is very stable and the latest version (V2.3) runs in a full screen DOS box under Windows 3.1x, 95, 98, and Me.  It runs slightly faster in DOS mode.  There is also an Amiga OS version of Fusion.

Future plans for this emulator includes a PPC release that will allow PPC software to be run including OS 8.5.x to 9.0.4+.  It will have Ethernet and virtual memory management support.

Fusion V2.x and 3.0 allows the use of the TransFuse program from Microcode. This Macintosh program allows the transfer of files to and from the Mac shell and PC host.  With network drive mapping in Windows, files can be transferred from inside Fusion to another PC.

Fusion V3.0 is now free. Microcode Solutions sold the distribution rights to Emulators, Inc. who soon afterward made Fusion V3.0 free for download as a advertising ploy.

Fusion PC is fast and stable (up to two times faster than Basilisk II under Windows 9x) and has little or no problems running all non-PPC software.

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SoftMac 2000

SoftMac 2000 (Demo)

Homepage: http://www.emulators.com

Supported Mac Oses:
Up to 7.1.1 with 256 Kb ROM
From 7.0.1 to 7.5.5 with 512Kb ROM
and up to 8.1 with 1024 Kb ROM

Requirements:
Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000
CPU 80486 (Pentium 133 recommended)
At least 8 Mb RAM (16 Mb RAM recommended)
Mouse

Gemulator 2000 emulates 4 completely different types of Macintosh computers and two types of Atari computers. Gemulator 2000 is being released in two versions, a hardware based version called Gemulator Pro, and an all-software version called SoftMac. This combined SoftMac 2000 demo showcases the features of both products. 

The demo is able to use both hardware based ROM chips (as with Gemulator Pro) and disk based ROM images (as with SoftMac, Fusion, Basilisk, etc.). The demo showcases some of the recent additions to the Gemulator product, such as 68030 and 68040 emulation, Mac OS 8 support, improved SCSI support, and the new Hibernate command which can instantly restore your previous emulation session.

This is a fast emulator but rather buggy and incomplete. Despite Emulators Inc.'s claims, no one has been able to get SoftMac to produce sound or print in 68040 emulation. Also, unlike Basilisk II and Fusion PC, SoftMac does not support any sort of networking or color resolutions over 256 colors. It is also rather pricey at $200 U.S. I strongly recommend not buying it unless you wish to be ripped off and then verbally abused by the company's tech support. Most if not all people into Mac emulation do not think highly of this emulator or Emulators, Inc.

The SoftMac Beginner's Guide is up at http://www.emulators.com/demo/StpByStp.htm. It is a step by step tutorial that walks you through the various steps of installing SoftMac, configuring SoftMac, booting Mac OS from CD-ROM, and installing Mac OS to your Windows hard disk.

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vMac - Win32

vMac (Freeware)

Homepage: http://www.vmac.org

Supported Mac Oses:
Up to System 7.5.5 with 128 Kb ROM

Requirements:
MS-DOS 5.0 or later
CPU 80486 with FPU 80487 (Pentium 133 recommended)
At least 8 Mb RAM (16 Mb RAM recommended)
Mouse

vMac is a Macintosh emulator that currently emulates a Motorola 68000 based Apple Macintosh Plus. A ROM image from a Plus is required, we plan to implement other 68000 machines, such as SEs and II series. Currently System 7.5.5 is the latest vMac can boot, which is the latest System a real MacPlus can boot. vMac runs in black an white, a larger screen and color is the next thing we are working on. That's right, vMac currently works and boots! All you need is a ROM image from a MacPlus (utilities and directions provided), or a MacPlus ROM set on a Gemulator ROM board (for Windows and UNIX ports) from Emulators Online and your Windows, DOS, UNIX, OS/2, or NeXT machine can run vMac!

vMac can run on the following OSes:

DOS
Unix (Linux)
MacOS

Windows 9x/NT

OS/2

NeXT

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Worm - Win32

Worm (Freeware)

Homepage: http://www.emulators.com

Supported Mac Oses:
Up to System 7.5.5 with 128 Kb ROM

Requirements:
MS-DOS 5.0 or later
CPU 80486 (Pentium 133 recommended)
At least 8 Mb RAM (16 Mb RAM recommended)
Mouse

WORM is a Macintosh Plus emulator similar to vMac but much faster. It has relatively few features, but it can boot from the same hardfiles and also from floppies. It also has better keyboard emulation than vMac, allowing it to run MacMINIX properly. This program is from Emulators Online (a no-frills Gem build) and was distributed to create a stir in the vMac community.

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