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Moving VirtualRPC (and all your apps/files) to a different Mac

We are often asked about the process required to install VirtualRPC on a new computer. Often the user is concerned because they believe that they will have to re-install all their applications, but that's not the case. This article explains how you can move an entire VirtualRPC installation with all your files, applications, backdrop, boot settings etc easily and quickly.

Moving a copy of VirtualRPC is possible as our products are self contained and do not rely on anything that's outside the 'VirtualAcorn' folder. This is by deliberate design as it allows a complete installation to be moved and backed up. In the section below you will find instructions on how to move a VirtualRPC between two Macs.

  1. Take a complete copy of the VirtualAcorn folder inside Applications using a writable DVD (not A CD), suitably sized memory card or pen Drive.

  2. Drop the copy of the VirtualAcorn folder from the old Mac into Applications on the new Mac.

  3. On the old Mac drag the VirtualAcorn folder from Applications into the Trash and then Empty it. Don't worry about losing any files as you have the backup that we made in step 1 and the copy of VirtualRPC on the new machine from step 2.

  4. You have now completed moving the VirtualRPC from one machine to another. Run VirtualRPC on the new machine and take a note of the Product ID number shown on screen. Head over to (we don't provide clickable links due to malicious web crawlers) and follow the appropriate instructions to place an unlock code request. We will then email you a new unlock code which you can enter into the registration window replacing the unlock code that worked on the old Mac.

You should now have VirtualRPC running on your new Mac with the same RISC OS desktop, applications and files as on your old PC. You may have to change your screen resolution if your new mac has a different sized display but that should be the limit of the configuration changes needed..

Finally, if you don't already do so you should start to keep a regular backup of your VirtualRPC installation. Don't have nightmares.


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Last Edit Date 29/03/21