Parallels + Windows 7 on 11.6" MBA?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Divers, Dec 11, 2010.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Dec 10, 2010
    Hi Everyone,

    I ordered a 11.6" MBA today (1.6GHz, 4GB, 128GB RAM) and am planning on installing Parallels and Windows 7. I was planning on sharing the optical drive on my 15" i7, but after doing some reading it seems as though I cannot load Windows 7 onto my MBA from a computer that is not currently running Windows 7.

    Does anyone have any other ideas? I really don't want to buy the external drive just to install Windows 7.

    Thanks in advance,

  2. macrumors 68000

    Apr 27, 2005
    I have no idea if what you say is actually the case. But, if it is, can't you just run Parallels from your other computer and install that way?
  3. macrumors member

    Mar 29, 2004
    You can probably use Disk Utility to make an image of the Windows 7 dvd and then have parallels install it from the image file.
  4. macrumors 6502


    Jan 17, 2010
    NW Oregon
    Something else to consider maybe.... VirtualBox. Run Windows 7 in a virtual session in OSX. I'm doing that right now (well, Windows XP) and it's great. I run SQL Server and other stuff on it that I need for software development, plus the local stuff on my Mac like Eclipse.

  5. macrumors newbie

    Jul 30, 2010
    If you have parallels installed on the other machine, create the windows 7 virtual machine on that computer and then copy the virtual machine to the MBA.
  6. macrumors 6502


    Aug 12, 2009
    Your best bet is to use a computer with a DVD drive to copy the disc into a disk image, then just move the disk image to your new MBA.

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