VIC-20 Emulator for Windows WinVICE 2.3 x64 preconfigured

If you have tried downloading the WinVICEemulator for your Windows10 computer and have had troubles configuring the emulator correctly, we have a package that is ready to run and that can be used to quickly run games and programs without hassles, with all pre-made settings.

This is the version 2.3 for 64bit Windows, so it will work on most recent computers. There are newer versions but I chose this because it is the one that on my own PC ran better in most situations.

1. Download & Unzip

In order to have the emulator up and running, you just need to download the ZIP from the link below:

[Download ZIP]

Save the file somewhere handy (desktop is the best place for me) and extract the contents with right-click, extract all. You should get a new folder named WinVICE-2.3-x64-preconfigured. Enter this folder.

2. Run the emulator

There is no installation needed, the program is portable so it can be simply run with a double click on XVIC.EXE.

A new window should open with the familiar 3583 bytes free – ready. prompt. You are now ready to go.

In order to understand how to use the various file formats, in the folder you will find three files:

  • PRG: vic-20-Krell (1982).prg – PRG is a single runnable program
  • D64: vic-20games16k.d64 – D64 is a diskette
  • TAP: vic-20games.tap – TAP is a tape dump file (like a cassette)

Let’s start with PRG: Drag the PRG file directly onto the VIC window, the Krell game will start.

3. Controls

The emulator is preconfigured to use the keyboard as it was a joystick. If you use the arrow keys and press the right CTRL key as fire, the VIC-20 emulator will think you are using a joystick.

The keyboard mapping is a different issue. You have to use the keyboard like if it was a VIC-20 keyboard regardless of the key symbol printed on it.

So:

  • Left CTRL will act as the C= (Commodore) key
  • CAPS LOCK key will act as RUN-STOP
  • TAB will be the VIC’s CTRL key
  • TAB + 6 will turn the cursor to GREEN color

and so on.

4. Running programs from tape

Use Alt-R to reset the emulator and be ready to run a new program.

Drag the vic-20games.tap file onto the emulator window. This does a few things altogether:

  • Attaches the tape image to the emulator (like inserting a cassette). You normally would do this with Alt-T
  • Auto-types the autorun sequence (Shift + RUN-STOP)
  • Puts the emulator into “Warp Mode” so the loading would be ultra-fast until the first encountered program is found and run.

After playing the first game you can reset the emulator with Alt-R and restart a new game with the usual
LOAD (Enter)

RUN (Enter)

sequence. Be aware the the virtual cassette needs to be operated using the menu (File->Cassette control then Start, Stop, Fast forward, etc.) like you would do with a physical cassette player.

5. Memory expansion

Time for testing the memory expansion and try out a virtual diskette containing several nice 16k games.

Using the menu choose: Settings->VIC Settings… then under Memory select 16k then OK.

Then press Alt-R for reset.

Now the available memory should read: 19967 bytes.

Now, let’s attach a d64 diskette image: Press Alt-8 (mnemonic: 8 is diskette device number 8) then select vic20-games16k.d64. Finally on the keyboard:

LOAD”*”,8 (hit Enter)

RUN (hit Enter)

You have now successfully loaded and run the menu program which is the first encountered on in the d64 diskette.

You can use Alt-R and repeat from LOAD above to use other games on the same diskette.

Conclusions

We have seen how to very simply run the VIC-20 emulator on your Windows10 machine and use all popular kinds of files for the VIC-20 emulator.

If you feel like more functions should be explained in this tutorial, then leave a comment below.

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