VICE (also Versatile Commodore Emulator) is a free Commodore emulator which supports 8-bit applications developed back when C64, C128, VIC20 and PET were a thing.
The application itself is cross-platform with different binaries available for different systems.
The Windows version provides a portable binary which can emulate different types of devices that would have been attached to a C64 system like disks or cartridges. VICE can be used to load and save snapshots as well as controlling C64 datasettes such as record, rewind, forward, start, stop, etc.
A number of other options are available like refresh rate mode, maximum speed, full screen, video caches and more.
Overall, VICE is a competent emulator that allows you to use a lot of the different types of peripherals for Commodore like joysticks.
VICE is licensed as Freeware for Windows (32-bit and 64-bit) operating system / platform from console emulators without restrictions. VICE 3.2 is available to all software users as a free download (Freeware).
Compatibility with this model emulator software may vary, but will generally run fine under Microsoft Windows 10, 8, 8.1, 7, Vista and XP on either a 32-bit or 64-bit setup. A separate x64 version may be available from viceteam.
We have tested VICE 3.2 against malware with several different programs. We certify that this program is clean of viruses, malware and trojans. [Read more]