Is it possible to install windows 7 on a 64gb MBA?

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    macrumors regular

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    also is it hard to get windows 7 in iso form and use the usb method to install it on a MBA?

    can i buy windows 7 in iso form already?
     
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    Possible yes, but of course you'll have to manage your storage very carefully to not run out of space. If you have not done it already, try using Monolingual to remove languages you don't use from OS X and save space.

    You can download Windows 7 ISOs legally directly from Microsoft's servers. Links are here. You will of course need a valid serial number for activation, which you can get when you buy a boxed copy of Windows 7.
     
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    wow thanks a lot for the info. So basically with that link you gave me i can already download windows 7 but i just need the product key from a boxed version to activate it correct? Then I can transfer the iso from the link to my usb then start the bootcamp app on my mba since i dont need to extract the iso from the dvd from the boxed version i am going to get?
     
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    Exactly. You don't need the Windows 7 DVD, just the serial number that comes with it. The Boot Camp Assistant will let you transfer the ISO to your thumb drive along with the latest MacBook Air drivers for Windows 7.

    You will simply have to check all 3 checkboxes in this Boot Camp Assistant window:
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    Then it will ask you to locate the Windows 7 .ISO file, and then you're all set!
     
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    i need about 5-10gb for windows so how much gb does windows take up? Since i have such limited space. I'll be using more on osx
     
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    Windows itself is around 6GB, but it depends on your settings.
     
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    Once you install all the updates, drivers, a couple of programs and factor in the pagefile and temporary files you'll eat up space very quickly. I wouldn't even attempt it with less than 32GB even then space will be very tight.

    Just my Windows folder takes up 20GB. That doesn't include user or program folders.
     
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    If you shrink the Page File, than disable Hibernation and System Restore you can manage with 20GB for Windows (you'll have about 9GB free of the 20).

    My Current Boot Camp (Windows 7) Partition:
     

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