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purplekush604
Jan 20, 2013, 08:29 PM
Hey everyone, like the title says, just ordered a 13" macbook air. I need windows xp, or vista on this machine. I understand there are 2 ways of doing this, parallels, or bootcamp. Id rather do bootcamp, as i heard its much more stable. In order to do that, do you need 2 partitions? Any help would be appreciated. This will be my first apple computer.


Thanks in advance.



BigYellow
Jan 20, 2013, 09:06 PM
The Apple BootCamp utility will walk you through the partitioning process

KylePowers
Jan 20, 2013, 09:07 PM
What do you need Windows for?

If it's just a few applications, then just virtualize it using Parallels or VMWare, or even better (since it's free!), VirtualBox.

ZZ Bottom
Jan 20, 2013, 09:16 PM
If I'm not mistaken, bootcamp does not support older than Windows 7 on Ivy Bridge macs. If you already have a license in an older version of Windows, your only option besides paying for win7 would be virtualization.

If you share what programs you need windows for, some of us may be able to share our experience running them via parallels/VM Fusion.

KPOM
Jan 20, 2013, 10:07 PM
Hey everyone, like the title says, just ordered a 13" macbook air. I need windows xp, or vista on this machine. I understand there are 2 ways of doing this, parallels, or bootcamp. Id rather do bootcamp, as i heard its much more stable. In order to do that, do you need 2 partitions?


If you use Boot Camp, it creates a second partition on your drive. Boot Camp supports only Windows 7 right now. It will probably support Windows 8 at some point, but it hasn't supported XP or Vista in a while.

Parallels is pretty stable. The main reason why you would use Boot Camp is if you are gaming or need the full RAM and graphics of your Mac on Windows. If you are just accessing a corporate network on Internet Explorer or running Office for Windows, then Parallels or VMWare Fusion should work fine. I have used both and prefer Parallels. The performance is pretty good.

Do you have 4GB or 8GB of RAM on your MacBook Air? If it is 4GB then Boot Camp might make a little more sense, or alternatively, run XP in a Parallels virtual machine. However, if you have an 8GB system, then Windows 7 should easily run in Parallels. It will work on a 4GB system, but you'd likely be restricted to allocating 1.5-2GB of RAM to Windows.

purplekush604
Jan 20, 2013, 10:52 PM
What do you need Windows for?

If it's just a few applications, then just virtualize it using Parallels or VMWare, or even better (since it's free!), VirtualBox.

The only reason for wanting windows is basicly using it for windows, internet. My wife will be using it, and neither of us know how to use a mac lol.

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If you use Boot Camp, it creates a second partition on your drive. Boot Camp supports only Windows 7 right now. It will probably support Windows 8 at some point, but it hasn't supported XP or Vista in a while.

Parallels is pretty stable. The main reason why you would use Boot Camp is if you are gaming or need the full RAM and graphics of your Mac on Windows. If you are just accessing a corporate network on Internet Explorer or running Office for Windows, then Parallels or VMWare Fusion should work fine. I have used both and prefer Parallels. The performance is pretty good.

Do you have 4GB or 8GB of RAM on your MacBook Air? If it is 4GB then Boot Camp might make a little more sense, or alternatively, run XP in a Parallels virtual machine. However, if you have an 8GB system, then Windows 7 should easily run in Parallels. It will work on a 4GB system, but you'd likely be restricted to allocating 1.5-2GB of RAM to Windows.

Im ok with windows 7. The thing is, i ordered a refurbished 2012 i5 gb 256gb ssd version because a 8gb wasnt available. On a side note, is there not a microsoft office apple version?

KPOM
Jan 20, 2013, 11:04 PM
Im ok with windows 7. The thing is, i ordered a refurbished version, and no 8gb ram 2012 256gb ssd versions were available. On a side note, is there not a microsoft office apple version?

I ran Windows 7 in Parallels in my 2011 MacBook Air with 4GB. It's fine depending on what you are going to run.

There is a version of Microsoft Office for Mac (Office 2011). They haven't announced a newer version yet, but typically Mac versions follow one year after Windows versions, so we might see an Office 2014 for Mac. It is pretty close in terms of features, but Excel for Mac lacks the data analysis tool pack and some similar advanced functions.

It sounds like you are going to use Windows mostly as a "crutch" while you transition. In that case, I'd recommend getting Parallels Desktop 8. I find that it has better integration with the Mac than VMWare Fusion. VirtualBox is free but is a little bit less refined. Note that you'll also need a copy of Windows, although you can purchase it from Parallels (NewEgg is also a good source of Windows 7 licenses). Consciously use OS X as much as you can, and over time you'll likely find that you won't feel tempted to open up Windows. With Parallels you can run Windows programs side by side with your Mac programs.

coldjeanzzz
Jan 20, 2013, 11:06 PM
Ugh just use OS X, it's not that hard to learn. You are really not making the most of your purchase if you plan to use Windows as your primary OS. OS X IMO is one of the best perks of buying a Mac, I can't understand why someone would spend a metric shyt ton of money on a Mac if they don't plan to use OS X.

Robyr
Jan 20, 2013, 11:16 PM
Just buy a PC notebook if you are going to run Windows. Seriously, what a waste. Battery life sucks in Windows, the cooling system isn't very well optimized, pretty much everything is WORSE under Windows on a Mac.

tdhurst
Jan 21, 2013, 12:10 AM
You're buying Windows for a MacBook Air solely to use Windows as the main operating system?

Bootcamp will work best.

Don't see why you'd spend so much money on great hardware and use Windows on it, but to each their own, I guess.

Mrbobb
Jan 21, 2013, 12:11 AM
I usually don't want to pontificate whether sum1 should to run Windows or not. You asked for it, there must be a reason.

The only reason for wanting windows is basicly using it for windows, internet. My wife will be using it, and neither of us know how to use a mac lol.

Now those are not good reasons. Mac interface is *just* like Windows. Sure somethings are different but the same metaphor is there. Applications are accessed via menus or a tools bar, you have scroll bars just like Windows. The Close-Maximize buttons are on the left side on a Mac, vs right side on Windows, but they are there, perform the same functions.

By Internet, I assume you mean browsing. Mac has the Firefox and Chrome versions of the browsers, so if that's what u been using you are all set with OSX

Now you can say, "I absolutely refuse to learn anything new." That's OK, everybody has a different tolerance.

I look at it as, there is nothing inherently wrong with OSX, only if you have Windows Application that need to re-purchase for the Mac, OK then you have to put on your accountant hat, but otherwise I think about another layer of complexity when you put Windows on top of OSX.

Im ok with windows 7. The thing is, i ordered a refurbished 2012 i5 gb 256gb ssd version because a 8gb wasnt available. On a side note, is there not a microsoft office apple version?

Aside already mentioned, if you wish to Synchronize your Outlook items (calendar, email, contacts, reminder) with other Apple devices, yes the current 2011 Mac version doesn't play nice.

tsboy69
Jan 21, 2013, 12:20 AM
Hey everyone, like the title says, just ordered a 13" macbook air. I need windows xp, or vista on this machine. I understand there are 2 ways of doing this, parallels, or bootcamp. Id rather do bootcamp, as i heard its much more stable. In order to do that, do you need 2 partitions? Any help would be appreciated. This will be my first apple computer.


Thanks in advance.

I bought a 13" Air with the need of Windows as well. I purchased Parallels and a OEM version of Windows 7. I then installed Windows XP.

It works great, have zero issues - it bounces back and forth between Windows and OS with a click, no slow downs or delays. It worked great for me. Good luck

Isamilis
Jan 21, 2013, 02:43 AM
+1

I use XP in Parallels 8. Snappy, no glitch, no issues so far with only 500mb of RAM (for common task - word/excel/etc it only used less than 300mb). If you don't need specific Windows 7 functions, I'd strongly suggest using XP.

I bought a 13" Air with the need of Windows as well. I purchased Parallels and a OEM version of Windows 7. I then installed Windows XP.

It works great, have zero issues - it bounces back and forth between Windows and OS with a click, no slow downs or delays. It worked great for me. Good luck

OnceYouGoMac
Jan 21, 2013, 08:28 AM
I think you'd be better off learning how to use OSX and using Parallels or VMWare for the few Windows programs you need. If you're going to put Windows on it though I'd for Windows 7. XP is showing its age now, Vista is crap and Windows 8 is even more crap.

purplekush604
Jan 21, 2013, 10:39 AM
Hey guys thanks for all the responses. I will definitely be using osx, just want windows for me and the wife while we are learning osx. She will have a harder time for me, and since she needs it for her business/school i want windows incase she is somewhere on the go and is having issues with osx. Is parallels free? What about bootcamp?

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I think you'd be better off learning how to use OSX and using Parallels or VMWare for the few Windows programs you need. If you're going to put Windows on it though I'd for Windows 7. XP is showing its age now, Vista is crap and Windows 8 is even more crap.
Whats the cheapest way to get windows 7 and ms office for mac?

KPOM
Jan 21, 2013, 10:57 AM
Hey guys thanks for all the responses. I will definitely be using osx, just want windows for me and the wife while we are learning osx. She will have a harder time for me, and since she needs it for her business/school i want windows incase she is somewhere on the go and is having issues with osx. Is parallels free? What about bootcamp?

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Whats the cheapest way to get windows 7 and ms office for mac?

Boot Camp is included with OS X. However, if you use that, you need to reboot into Windows manually (you hold down the option key and select Windows from a menu). You can't run Windows alongside the Mac. You also need to partition the drive. It also isn't easy to change the size of the Windows partition if you need more space later (you need third party software). Boot Camp works better for gaming since you have the full resources of the Mac available.

If you use Parallels Desktop or VMWare Fusion, you have a choice:

1) You can either install Windows directly in a "virtual machine" that the programs create (essentially just a big file on your hard drive). The advantage is that the VM shrinks and expands as your needs change (i.e. all the free space on your Mac drive is "available" to Windows). The downside is that you can only access Windows from within Parallels/Fusion, and the performance can be lower since you are running two operating systems at once. For Office/Internet Explorer this shouldn't be an issue.

2) You can use your Boot Camp partition as a virtual machine. This lets you choose to run Boot Camp if you want Windows to run exclusively, or run it as a VM alongside the Mac. The downsides are that you'll have to partition the drive, and you might run into activation hassles with Windows and Office (Parallels and Fusion do their best to work around it, but you will wind up having to activate Windows a second time, which might require the annoying phone call method).

I'd recommend going the Parallels/Fusion route if you are only using Windows occasionally.

There is a Windows on Mac forum here where you can ask more of these types of questions.

Parallels Desktop lists for $80 but check around (e.g. Amazon, NewEgg) as there are often specials. Occasionally you will see specials available through MacUpdate, MacBundles and similar sites that bundle Parallels with other utilities for $50, but usually that's in the summer before a new version comes out (usually annually).

VMWare Fusion 5 is $50 and works well, as well. I prefer Parallels because it does a better job of integrating with the Mac. For instance, Parallels adds an option in your Explorer menu to open up a file from your Windows VM on your Mac (e.g. a PDF or Office file). Fusion has a similar feature, but it doesn't work as well (it needs to be in a special "shared" folder). Games tend to run better in Parallels than Fusion.

Parallels Desktop 7 may still be available, and that will work fine with the 2012 MacBook Air and Windows 7 (most of the changes in Parallels 8 were for Windows 8 and Retina Display support).

NewEgg is a good source for Windows 7 licenses.

philosopherdog
Jan 21, 2013, 11:15 AM
Use virtualization that way you can transition to os x. Once you get past the unfamiliarity it's actually quite a bit better from the user experience perspective, and it's way less of a pain in the ass. Windows will run better on the air than most PC notebooks, but it's nothing compared to os x on the air. It's very easy to learn os x. Apple even gives little classes you can sign up for at their retail stores to help get past the initial hurdle. It takes about a month to get totally comfortable and then you'll probably hate the sight of Windows.

racer1441
Jan 21, 2013, 11:42 AM
The only reason for wanting windows is basicly using it for windows, internet. My wife will be using it, and neither of us know how to use a mac lol.

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Take the two days and learn OS X. Your life will be much better.

Mrbobb
Jan 21, 2013, 12:20 PM
Well I say enjoy and prepared to be dazzled by trackpad's gestures (in OSX).

purplekush604
Jan 21, 2013, 10:05 PM
Thanks for all the great help guys. I will be going with the parallels 7 route. Do i still need to purchase a windows 7 licence?

yusukeaoki
Jan 21, 2013, 10:23 PM
Bootcamp only supports Windows 7 unless your MBA is 2009 or younger.

Parallels/VMware are very CPU and graphic intensive so I dont really recommend it on MBA.

purplekush604
Jan 21, 2013, 11:45 PM
Bootcamp only supports Windows 7 unless your MBA is 2009 or younger.

Parallels/VMware are very CPU and graphic intensive so I dont really recommend it on MBA.

Its a 2012 air. And i would only be using windows for internet and stuff. Once were both familiar with osx im sure we'll rarely use windows.

yusukeaoki
Jan 22, 2013, 12:51 AM
Its a 2012 air. And i would only be using windows for internet and stuff. Once were both familiar with osx im sure we'll rarely use windows.

Unless there is a certain program that you need to run that is windows only, I see no point on running Win on Mac.

tsboy69
Jan 22, 2013, 01:14 AM
I found a version of Windows OEM at Fry's for like $80. All PC's have it installed, with the Air, you need to install Parallels first then Windows, then your office or whatever Windows program you feel you need.

I have not found it to slow down my Air. Having Parallels and some Windows programs open, but also having OS open and it bounces from what I need to what I need. One three finger swipe and it's all there at my fingertips. Love it!

Robyr
Jan 22, 2013, 05:34 AM
The only concern of trying to run Windows in a VM for general common tasks is the battery life hit. Not only will performance be impacted, seriously tainting the "new" machine feeling, but your battery life will basically be cut by 30%. Off the bat.

CJM
Jan 22, 2013, 05:38 AM
You bought an Apple laptop and want to use Windows on primarily? ... Hahaha.


Learn to use Mac OS. It takes five minutes.

purplekush604
Jan 22, 2013, 08:28 AM
You bought an Apple laptop and want to use Windows on primarily? ... Hahaha.


Learn to use Mac OS. It takes five minutes.
No, only want it for the transition phase, more for the wife than anything

KPOM
Jan 22, 2013, 08:52 AM
Thanks for all the great help guys. I will be going with the parallels 7 route. Do i still need to purchase a windows 7 licence?

Yes, but I believe you can purchase a Windows license from Parallels directly and download it from them.It may be cheaper to buy a Windows 7 DVD from a reseller. However, you'd need to figure out a way to download an installation file, or create a .iso file from a computer with a DVD drive and copy it onto a USB key.

Parallels is on version 8 right now, but 7 will still work fine if you are able to find it at a good price.

tdhurst
Jan 22, 2013, 09:17 AM
No, only want it for the transition phase, more for the wife than anything

Then tell her to learn Mac OS, too.

I know we're all a bunch of semi fanboys, but learning happens best when you're immersed.

jemesouviens
Jan 22, 2013, 10:48 AM
If you are going to the trouble of getting parallels and installing windows 7, consider the Office 2013 trial with a view to getting the latest version.

The mac version of Office is pretty lame and if you're coming over from Windows you are likely to find it somewhat limited.

Just my 2p!

TouchMint.com
Jan 23, 2013, 01:49 AM
I hope you got the 256gb otherwise it might be a tight squeeze. I think xp is pretty small but vista is not. MS office will also take up quite a bit of room too.

yusukeaoki
Jan 23, 2013, 03:07 AM
Im confident that Macs are more user friendly than Windows.
Just sit with the computer for couple minutes and you'll be fine.

chiguy20002
Jan 24, 2013, 10:32 AM
No, only want it for the transition phase, more for the wife than anything

Honestly, the best way to learn OSX is to just go ahead and use it. If you are only using it for basic browsing, then that is exactly the same as browsing in Windows, especially if you use Firefox on both.

I work for a small company and we transitioned from Windows PC to Macs. There is a learning curve, yes, but it really doesn't take more than a day or maybe two days to learn how to use OSX. It is a very easy to use GUI.

I worked on Windows PCs for 18 years, and switched to a Mac six months ago. Going back and forth now is really easy, and I just prefer to use OSX over windows, especially since the trackpads are very nice on the MacBooks in OSX, you will not have the same benefits to using the trackpad in Windows.

My wife also switched to Mac about eight months ago, and she just got on and started using OSX, and it only took her about a day to fully know how to use it.

If you do still want to use Windows, the option to just use Bootcamp and Windows 7 or Windows 8 will be fine. I have loaded Windows 7 as well as Windows 8 on my Mid 2012 Macbook Pro, and both worked fine. The only reason I did that was to just know how to use it, and I used it occasionally to run some games like Skyrim. I don't have Bootcamp on my MacBook anymore, no need for it really.

Office 2011 for Mac is a good program, not quite as good as Office 2010 for the PC, but it has most of the functionality. It also costs a lot less to purchase the Mac version than the PC version.

solsearchin
Jan 24, 2013, 12:47 PM
Should have just bought an ultrabook and saved money tbh.

Weerez935
Jan 24, 2013, 02:42 PM
No, only want it for the transition phase, more for the wife than anything
You keep saying for Internet and stuff.

There isn't much of a difference in chrome or Firefox. Safari is a very easy browser as well.

The only difference is you can't use the god awful Internet explorer.

If you get office for mac you don't need those other programs.

You would be spending a lot of money on things you don't need.

The main difference is the dock.
Finder is basically like my computer/ my documents.
Launch pad is like clicking start and going to my programs.
Safari is like Internet explorer but 100x better.

There really isn't much of a learning curve. Definitely not enough to warrant purchasing windows.

purplekush604
Jan 27, 2013, 10:37 PM
Hey guys.

I will definitely download the trial of office 2013. She will learn os, but i still may need to install parallels. Test it for a day or two, see how the wife likes it, and go from there. I did get the 256 gb version. But like others said, i have to have windows 7, or 8 on there. I don't have either, so most likely going to get it through parallels, if i install it. When i received the air, it's refurbished by the way, do i need to fully charge it before i use it? Or would it be better to kill the battery completely, and than charge it?

Thanks

KPOM
Jan 28, 2013, 06:43 AM
When i received the air, it's refurbished by the way, do i need to fully charge it before i use it? Or would it be better to kill the battery completely, and than charge it?

Thanks

The batteries are pre-calibrated. You can just open it up and use it as normal.

designs216
Jan 28, 2013, 08:29 AM
Thanks for all the great help guys. I will be going with the parallels 7 route. Do i still need to purchase a windows 7 licence?

Yep. Gotta buy Windows. I usually go the Bootcamp route rather than an install within Parallels/VMware. This gives me both the option of changing virtualization software later while keeping the Win install intact and booting in Windows for better performance.

There are plenty of tutorials (http://www.apple.com/support/macbasics/) to ease the transition. Many of the familiar metaphors are there but the user experience is much better. IMO, it's easier to go Windows to Mac than the other way around.

You're going to love OSX.

purplekush604
Jan 28, 2013, 11:48 AM
The batteries are pre-calibrated. You can just open it up and use it as normal.

Whats the best way to keep my battery optimized? Should i always keep it charged? Or only charge when battery is low? Should i only completely drain the battery once a month?

KPOM
Jan 28, 2013, 12:04 PM
Whats the best way to keep my battery optimized? Should i always keep it charged? Or only charge when battery is low? Should i only completely drain the battery once a month?

This should answer your questions.

http://www.apple.com/batteries/notebooks.html

purplekush604
Jan 29, 2013, 12:06 AM
Computer is great so far guys, thanks for all the help. Ive been playing around for a bit, personally don't want to even install windows, but see how the wife likes it. I am confused about one thing though. Installing and download apps. When i download a instgalltion file, i believe .dmg ?... once i install the file, where does the program go? where is it installed? I couldnt find anything on the forums on this, could you guys maybe forward me to a link? thanks in advance

purplekush604
Jan 29, 2013, 12:21 AM
and also, i realize finder is like my computer, but where is "c:" where i can see free space etc...

rfle500
Jan 29, 2013, 01:12 AM
Computer is great so far guys, thanks for all the help. Ive been playing around for a bit, personally don't want to even install windows, but see how the wife likes it. I am confused about one thing though. Installing and download apps. When i download a instgalltion file, i believe .dmg ?... once i install the file, where does the program go? where is it installed? I couldnt find anything on the forums on this, could you guys maybe forward me to a link? thanks in advance

This was something they changed with OSX Lion I think, as there used to be an applications folder on the dock as standard. Programs are installed in a folder /Applications. However, removing the Applications folder from the dock made me realise the way it is intended to launch applications - using spotlight. Just type the first few characters from the application name in the search bar and hit return. Coming from windows a couple of years ago I am still learning to do things the 'mac' way. But, one thing is sure - having gone mac I'm not going back!

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and also, i realize finder is like my computer, but where is "c:" where i can see free space etc...

In unix systems c: is simply /. To get here just click on Macintosh HDD - though I would caution that you don't need to worry about the file structure so much in Mac OSX, as things like iTunes and iPhoto manage all files in libraries hidden from view. Just use spotlight on th top right to find files/folders. Again this is a mac thing, but honestly it's a much better approach.

Regarding disk usage click the apple menu top left and 'about this mac'. Click 'more info' and the storage tab at the top.

TheralSadurns
Jan 29, 2013, 04:27 AM
Computer is great so far guys, thanks for all the help. Ive been playing around for a bit, personally don't want to even install windows, but see how the wife likes it. I am confused about one thing though. Installing and download apps. When i download a instgalltion file, i believe .dmg ?... once i install the file, where does the program go? where is it installed? I couldnt find anything on the forums on this, could you guys maybe forward me to a link? thanks in advance



It depends on what you did.

If you... say... download Firefox... it places the .dmg in your Downloads Folder.
When you open the .dmg file... you'll see the Firefox Icon... and an arrow pointing to an alias to your Application Folder. At this point do NOT just double click Firefox. It is STILL only in the .dmg folder. (Imagine the .dmg to be like a CD you inserted in your computer... while you CAN run the apps from this 'cd' they are NOT installed).
To install it... you simply drag the Firefox icon... (following where the arrow is pointing) to the alias of your Application folder.
A little progress window should appear... showing you that your computer is actually moving/installing a file. (On the MBA it will only take a few seconds).
After THAT... you're Firefox (or whatever other app it is) is installed.

If you did everything correctly... you should find it by clicking on the Finder symbol (Dock at the bottom... first icon on the left). The window that opens should look vaguely familiar and similar to the windows explorer/my computer.
On the left hand side you see some favorites/shortcuts. One should read "Applications". Click it. It takes you right to the folder where ALL your Application reside.
If Firefox is there... you're good. If it's not... you may not have dragged the Icon from the .dmg onto the folder.


Also note:
Most applications on OS X you download from the internet are installed like this. Drag and drop from .dmg to Applications folder.
These then are only represented by their respective icons in the Applications Folder. (Unlike in Windows... where even Firefox has is OWN folder... with multiple files in it... and an Firefox.exe to launch the browser... here it is JUST the Application Icon itself)


BIG Suites like MS Office or Adobe CS... on the other hand use installers just like windows... nothing new here.


Apps from the App Store... are installed like on the iPhone or iPad. You hit install in the App Store after purchasing it... and it places them automatically in your Applications Folder.


To delete an App... simply drag it from the Applications Folder... onto the Trashcan in your Dock (rightmost Icon).


I hope that helped... rather than complicated the matter
(I just got up... and need some coffee )

JHUFrank
Jan 30, 2013, 12:14 AM
I have VMWare Fusion on my MBA, and love it. Nicely integrates Windows 7.
I am pretty much an Apple zealot, but I have to admit the Windows 8 Pro that you can get for 70 bucks right now is a pretty good deal. I have to admit, Win 8 has grown on me.

purplekush604
Jan 30, 2013, 07:58 PM
It depends on what you did.

If you... say... download Firefox... it places the .dmg in your Downloads Folder.
When you open the .dmg file... you'll see the Firefox Icon... and an arrow pointing to an alias to your Application Folder. At this point do NOT just double click Firefox. It is STILL only in the .dmg folder. (Imagine the .dmg to be like a CD you inserted in your computer... while you CAN run the apps from this 'cd' they are NOT installed).
To install it... you simply drag the Firefox icon... (following where the arrow is pointing) to the alias of your Application folder.
A little progress window should appear... showing you that your computer is actually moving/installing a file. (On the MBA it will only take a few seconds).
After THAT... you're Firefox (or whatever other app it is) is installed.

If you did everything correctly... you should find it by clicking on the Finder symbol (Dock at the bottom... first icon on the left). The window that opens should look vaguely familiar and similar to the windows explorer/my computer.
On the left hand side you see some favorites/shortcuts. One should read "Applications". Click it. It takes you right to the folder where ALL your Application reside.
If Firefox is there... you're good. If it's not... you may not have dragged the Icon from the .dmg onto the folder.


Also note:
Most applications on OS X you download from the internet are installed like this. Drag and drop from .dmg to Applications folder.
These then are only represented by their respective icons in the Applications Folder. (Unlike in Windows... where even Firefox has is OWN folder... with multiple files in it... and an Firefox.exe to launch the browser... here it is JUST the Application Icon itself)


BIG Suites like MS Office or Adobe CS... on the other hand use installers just like windows... nothing new here.


Apps from the App Store... are installed like on the iPhone or iPad. You hit install in the App Store after purchasing it... and it places them automatically in your Applications Folder.


To delete an App... simply drag it from the Applications Folder... onto the Trashcan in your Dock (rightmost Icon).


I hope that helped... rather than complicated the matter
(I just got up... and need some coffee )

Wow that was exactly what i was confused about. Thanks!!

saberahul
Jan 30, 2013, 08:28 PM
Wow that was exactly what i was confused about. Thanks!!

Also check out this (http://forums.macrumors.com/forumdisplay.php?f=78) forum. Very helpful when you're new. I switch few years ago and learned very quickly. Now I hate even looking at windows.

JimWPVB
Jan 30, 2013, 08:51 PM
Win 7 + VMWare Fusion = super PC.

faqsmx
Jan 31, 2013, 01:22 AM
Do not worry about doing partition and crazzy stuff in your mac. Install VirtualBox and install and windows you want.

I am using Win XP, Vista and 7 on my MacBook Air for personal purposes and my computer works great, no problem at all.

More info about that, here:
https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/VirtualBox

:apple:

TheralSadurns
Jan 31, 2013, 03:39 PM
Wow that was exactly what i was confused about. Thanks!!

Glad I could be of help.
It can be a little confusing at first. But once you realize how it works... you start banging your head... because it is so amazingly simple and elegant.

What I tell other people... is to not think 'computer' but to think real life interaction.

Imagine you had a photograph lying on your real life desk. And an envelope next to it... because you wanted to mail it.
What would you do in the real world?
Pick the picture up... and put it in the envelope.

On the Mac?
You have a picture (or any other document) on your (virtual) desktop... or in any other folder and you want to mail it.
Just drag the photo/document onto the Mail icon in the Dock.
No need to use stupid menues. Just like in the real world. Take what you want... and drop it where it is supposed to go.

I can tell you... the first 2 weeks... can be a torture. Although you'll have daily revelations that sweeten the deal.
After these two weeks though... you should be able to find yourself around pretty well!

gary1949
Feb 5, 2013, 10:03 AM
I purchased my MBA about 2 months ago and needed Windows to run Quicken, where I have 15 years of financial information. I've never used virtual machines, so a friend suggested using VMWare Fusion.

Extremely easy install, and no problems of any kind so far. I'd recommend Fusion to anyone not expert in Macs. :)