64bit Windows 7 with MBA

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by financeguy, Oct 26, 2009.

  1. financeguy macrumors member

    Aug 13, 2009
    I got a copy of the 64bit edition of Windows 7. I was planning on installing it when I get Fusion 3, but someone told me that running a 64bit version of Windows 7 with only 1GB allocated on VM will be horrible. I can't exchange the software to a 32bit version and don't know what to do now.

    I really don't want to use Bootcamp and have to restart every time I need the other OS. Any advice?
  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    You can resell the software (I would probably be interested in the pricing) but I would not attempt 64-bit Win 7 on my Air.
  3. ayeying macrumors 601


    Dec 5, 2007
    Yay Area, CA
    You can use 64-bit. It won't be that much of a slowdown if that's what you're worried about. However, you won't see any major advantages using 64-bit vs 32-bit with the limited ram capacity.
  4. Scottsdale macrumors 601


    Sep 19, 2008
    Why not just use Boot Camp? The virtual dual machine system really isn't made for an MBA. The hardware is great for either Mac OS X or Windows 7 but not both together.
  5. MythicFrost macrumors 68040


    Mar 11, 2009
    I would do this: somehow obtain a 32 bit copy of Windows 7 install it with Boot Camp and then if Fusion 3 is capable of this (like Parallels 4.0 is),
    create a virtual machine from your boot camp partition in Fusion 3 so you can run Windows 7 on OSX or boot into Windows 7, the other option would be to do the same with the 64-bit version.
  6. financeguy thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 13, 2009
    That's exactly what I'm worried about b/c I will be using Fusion.
  7. financeguy thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 13, 2009
    The only reason I need Windows is to work on Excel VBA files. It would just be easier to use Fusion to work on Excel while doing other stuff, and then email them. With Boot Camp I would have restart in Windows, make changes to the Excel file, and restart in Mac to send an email.
  8. joelypolly macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2003
    Melbourne & Shanghai
    You'll be fine

    I run Excel, Outlook, Project, IE, FF and Visual Studio 2008 all at the same time with 800mb of Ram through VMware Fusion running Windows 7. You should be fine with just Excel.

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