Can Macbook Air 2013 run windows7 in virtual machine fluently?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by greatwall9528, Aug 17, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

    greatwall9528

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2013
    #1
    My Macbook Air is the 2013 standard version with 1.3 GHz i5,4 GB RAM.

    I just can't stand the x64 version windows7 ,it's huge and badly in compatibility.For there are not so many 64 bit software,so it is not worthy to run a Windows7 x64.

    I wanna to run a Windows7 x86 in virtual machine,but I don't know if it can run fluently.Anyone can tell me?
     
  2. macrumors 604

    ZBoater

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2007
    Location:
    Sunny Florida
  3. macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2013
    Location:
    Toledo, Ohio
    #3
    What lol?

    I have windows 8 64bit and you can install/use pretty much anything 64 bit or not
     
  4. dyn
    macrumors 68000

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2009
    Location:
    .nl
    #4
    You want to run x64 bit operating systems since they can use all the features in modern cpus. That would also mean features that make certain things (like multimedia) faster. You can run 32 bit software without problems on x64 bit Windows, OS X and Linux versions and many do exactly that. The only problem will be drivers: you need to have 64 bit drivers. Some old hardware don't have these and that might be problematic. Only things you can do is run 32 bit OS or buy replacement hardware that does have 64 bit drivers.

    In terms of stability, hugeness and compatibility you are absolutely wrong when it comes to Windows 7. It is a stable OS that is compatible with a lot of software and hardware. Hugeness is debatable: some consider Windows to always be huge. It doesn't really matter if you use the 64 or 32 bit version. Drivers are the only real problem.

    Windows 7 32 bit will run less fluently as a virtual machine than it's 64 bit version. You need a special 32 bit hypervisor and not all of the available virtualisation software have this. However, the 64 bit is always good. One of the requires of 64 bit is the use of VT-x which is hardware supported virtualisation. This is faster in most cases (only VMware has a good 32 bit hypervisor that is able to run as fast or even faster than 64 bit). However, your MBA will run both systems just fine when virtualised (boot camp only supports the 64 bit version on the 2013 MBA apparently).
     
  5. macrumors 604

    ZBoater

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2007
    Location:
    Sunny Florida
  6. macrumors 6502a

    fenderbass146

    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2009
    Location:
    Northwest Indiana
    #6
    Yea IDK what this guy is talking about. I fix computers for a living have never had issues with 64 bit os since XP. Why would anyone not run 64-bit
     
  7. macrumors member

    Joined:
    Jun 24, 2013
    #7
    Everything will run really fluently no matter what bit system you have. One thing to keep an eye out for is since you got the standard version with 128gb (i suppose) is the with vm's they may require a large percent of your storage. For instance, if you load 30gb on the the vm's partition, you will only have 70 left on OSX.
     
  8. macrumors 604

    ZBoater

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2007
    Location:
    Sunny Florida
    #8
    In all fairness, some applications behaved oddly in XP 64 bit. MS Office and IE being two of them oddly enough. Windows 7 did a great job in fixing a lot of those issues, but some poorly written 32 bit applications did not do so well in 64 bit Windows, and IE 64 bit is still a scorned browser. Also, many older games disliked Windows 64 bit. Most newer games (in the last 3-4 years) do fine.
     
  9. macrumors 6502a

    fenderbass146

    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2009
    Location:
    Northwest Indiana
    #9

    I worded that wrong. I meant to say everything after xp. So vista and newer does not have issues with 64 bit. Xp 64-bit was garbage
     
  10. AXs
    macrumors 6502a

    AXs

    Joined:
    Sep 7, 2009
    #10
    Yes and No.

    Yes it will run 64bit Windows flawlessly.

    No you shouldn't run Windows on a Mac because it is blasphemy :p
     
  11. macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2013
    Location:
    'Merica!
    #11
    LOL, I admit to having Windows 8 for any just in case situation where it's needed, but I also very very rarely boot into it. BUT! I think it runs better on a Mac than a PC (even with trackpad "issues"). :eek:

    :cool:
     
  12. macrumors 68030

    Joined:
    Oct 9, 2007
    #12
    Windows 7-32 Windows Experience Index, running on Parallels 8, Mavericks DP7, Macibook 13 2013 i5. Highest score possible under Windows 7 is 7.9
     

    Attached Files:

  13. macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2013
    Location:
    Toledo, Ohio
    #13
    That means nothing... Parallels is garage for running anything CAD/Engineering related.
     
  14. macrumors 68030

    Joined:
    Oct 9, 2007
    #14
    How nice. Where did the OP mention a need to run anything CAD/Engineering related?

    Let alone in his garage.
     

Share This Page