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saintforlife
Nov 27, 2011, 05:55 AM
How does Windows run on a Virtual Machine in MBA? Can you run multiple Windows applications on the VM without overwhelming the Air? Can the MBA handle it? Any insight from people who've run VMs on MBAs are welcome.

TIA! :cheers:



ZBoater
Nov 27, 2011, 01:25 PM
I use Parallels, and Windows 7 32 bit runs great. I can run several Windows programs at once, as they all run inside the one VM. I also installed Windows in Bootcamp in case I ever needed to boot native into Windows. I had one app (Escort Radar Detector Tools) that didn't like running inside a VM.

snowwhite007
Nov 27, 2011, 02:29 PM
I only use bootcamp as i never see the need for having both OS running at same time its all personal preference but most things are ok running in vm's

ZBoater
Nov 27, 2011, 02:44 PM
I only use bootcamp as i never see the need for having both OS running at same time its all personal preference but most things are ok running in vm's

I did both just to have the option. Most of the time all I need to run is IE and Quicken. So not having to reboot to run those two is VERY convenient. I just click on the Quicken or IE icon and it launches Windows in the background and all i see is the app window like if it were a native OS X app.

antonis
Nov 27, 2011, 03:05 PM
I use parallels to run both linux and windows VMs on the mba. Since it has an SSD, virtual machines are lightning fast. Having the 4gb ram mba helps too.

saintforlife
Nov 28, 2011, 03:07 AM
How does the touchpad work with Windows 7 when you are running it on a VM or natively using Bootcamp? Does Windows 7 support multi-touch gestures? If not how do you scroll down and up a webpage for example?

Also are there any other quirks with running Windows 7 on a Macbook Air, that you otherwise wouldn't have on a Windows laptop? Any drivers and compatibility issues?

sandix69
Jan 2, 2012, 04:14 AM
How does the touchpad work with Windows 7 when you are running it on a VM or natively using Bootcamp? Does Windows 7 support multi-touch gestures? If not how do you scroll down and up a webpage for example?

Also are there any other quirks with running Windows 7 on a Macbook Air, that you otherwise wouldn't have on a Windows laptop? Any drivers and compatibility issues?

"Use two fingures instead of one on the right side of the track pad this will move the page up and down"