updated 11:30 am EDT, Fri October 17, 2003
A MacNN reader writes: "Norton SystemWorks 2004 for Windows is incompatible with VirtualPC 6.1 running WinXP or Win98. (It likely also affects VPC 6.1 running WinMe and Win2000, although I haven't tested with that.) This occurs because NSW 2004 (unlike NSW 2002 or 2003) runs a hardware check at the time of install, and VPC 6.1 fails that check. Microsoft has investigated the problem and confirmed this to me. Yesterday, I asked that they try to work around the problem, as Connectix did when TurboTax for Windows wasn't compatible with VPC 6.0--Microsoft has not yet responded to the request."