VMac emulator.

VMac is a Macintosh emulator that runs in Windows. When I first heard about it, I was really eager to try it but didn’t realize that downloading the emulator is only the first step of many you need to take to get the emulator to finally work.
Here’s how to do it.
First, download the Mini vMac emulator.
Then go to this page and look for a link for a file called “Mac-On-Stick+Files.zip”. This file is about 5MB and contains absolutely everything you need to get started. In that ZIPfile is a folder called Mac-On-Stick Files. Extract vmac.rom, hfs24M.DSK and all 5 .image files to the same folder where you copied the Mini vMac executable.
Run the Mini vMac emulator. It will beep and display an icon of a floppy disk.
Drag the “Install 1.image” file into vMac and then click OK to start the installation process. The emulator will then display a message saying the selected disk is the Installer disk.
Now drag the “hfs24M.DSK” file into vMac. This is a disk image of a 24MB virtual hard drive where the system files will be installed. Click “Install” to begin the virtual installation procedure.
During the installation, the setup program will ask for some disks. Just drag the .image file for that disk into vMac and it will continue the installation. It will ask for the disks labeled Install 2, Tidbits, Printing and Fonts, in that order.
Finally the setup program will ask for the “Install 1” disk again. Just drag its .image file over and the setup will finish. You’ll be asked to restart the vMac, if you wish. Just close the Mini vMac window. You’re all done with the .image files, so you can delete those.
Next time you run vMac, just drag the hfs24M.DSK file into the emulator window and it will boot System 7.0.1. There’s not too much to play with, so you’ll want to have some extra software on hand.
This site has disk images for MacPaint and MacDraw that you can just drag into the emulator window without having to install them on the virtual hard disk.
By the way, if you’re not planning on installing much software in your vMac, then there’s no need to have a 24MB file eating up your disk space. You can download some blank virtual disks and go with the 4MB disk instead. It’s the smallest disk image that will still hold the full installation of System 7.0.1.
Have fun.

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