Can I run Bootcamp and Windows XP or no?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by 2807, Apr 21, 2011.

  1. macrumors member

    Jan 9, 2011
    What is the deal?
    I have an old MBA (basically the original version, 1.86 C2D, 2G ram)

    I read on here that Apple does not support bootcamp and XP on these?

    Can I bootcamp Windows7 ? I need a full power and trouble-free windows OS for occasional use. I have used Fusion/XP for years, but it is too slow and buggy for the use I will need. (school tests on windows software and I do not want any problems!)

    So, can the old MBA run bootcamp and XP? or Win7? Or nothing??


  2. NZed, Apr 21, 2011
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2011

    macrumors 65816


    Jan 24, 2011
    Canada, Eh?
    It will boot camp Win 7 and Vista and should be able to boot camp XP

    This thread says you can boot camp XP but with fans issues:

    oh and maybe this will work for you if drivers are missing...
  3. thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 9, 2011
    Thank you!

    Do you think there is an advantage to XP or Win7 ? And, is my 2gig enough to run either (smoothly) in bootcamp?

    Thanks. I am planning to buy new, but would like to make this work while I wait for a major hardware update (not just the spec updates).
  4. macrumors 65816


    Jan 24, 2011
    Canada, Eh?

    XP has a smaller foot print and may run faster than Windows 7. Windows 7 has full support where XP's support is slowly fading away. Since Windows 7's format is NTFS, you cant write to the partition when youre on OSX but you could if the partition is XP because the format is FAT32. There are many pros and cons. I would recommend you to just go with Win 7 since its newer and runs fairly smooth.

    Planning to buy a new MBA?? Wait for the upgrade later this year(mid year or around august/september).
  5. macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Mac OS X can be enabled to read/write/format NTFS.

    NTFS (Windows NT File System)
    • Read/Write NTFS from native Windows.
    • Read only NTFS from native Mac OS X
    • To Read/Write/Format NTFS from Mac OS X: Install NTFS-3G for Mac OS X (free)
    • Some have reported problems using Tuxera (approx 33USD).
    • Native NTFS support can be enabled in Snow Leopard, but is not advisable, due to instability.
    • AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Time Capsule do not support NTFS
    • Maximum file size: 16 TB
    • Maximum volume size: 256TB
  6. thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 9, 2011
    Hi!. Thank you! I am not looking to buy a new MBA, and I am trying to continue using my "old" one. I am open to buying a new MBP, but before I do I thought I should at least try this MBA one more time.

    Genius bar says I need to completely wipe clean my hard drive, and do some sort of re-format to it, and then try to partition it again for bootcamp. As of now, it will NOT partition for me! Ugh. What a hassle....

    But, I am not going to go thru all of this if my 2gig original 1.86 MBA is too challenged to run windows XP (or I guess I have to buy win7 now?). This is for school, and it has to run windows smoothly. If Win7 is what I need, that is fine with me.

    Is it worth the hassle to try to run win7 with this MBA?

  7. macrumors 6502

    May 20, 2010
    No one can tell you how W7 will perform with out specifying what kind of tasks and programs you will be using inside of Windows.
  8. thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 9, 2011
    Fair enough. Sorry.

    As far as using it on my old MBA (2 gig ram, 1.86 processor):

    I will only use it for the absolute most basic word processing program that is required by the school for essay form exams. I assume I will put "office" on it and will need the internet/wifi to download and upload my exams.

    That is it. I know, it is a bummer. But this "examsoft" program is windows only and will not work via fusion.

    Just wondering if WIn7 is too robust on its own to work with 2g via bootcamp?? I doubt it, but I like to hear any input.

  9. macrumors 6502

    May 20, 2010
    I've never used examsoft but from the sound of it 2GB ram will be fine.
  10. RealScience, Apr 28, 2011
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2011

    macrumors member

    Apr 1, 2011
    Are you a law student? There's a website,, that specifically targets law school students using Macs. I don't think they have forums, but maybe some of the info posted on there will be helpful to you.
  11. thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 9, 2011

    Yes. Thanks. I am aware of that site!

    I have done some detective work now... looks like I may be in luck and the school is prepared to allow macs for the exams soon. I am going to wait before I go to any more trouble.

    Thanks for the help folks.

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