Are the new MacBook Air (Fall, 2010 models) compatible with Windows Vista 64-bit?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by hajime, Oct 20, 2010.

  1. hajime macrumors 601

    Jul 23, 2007
    Hello. My 17" MBP (2010 model) is too heavy. Considering to get a new MacBook Air. Anybody tested if the new models are fully compatible with Vista Ultimate 64-bit? I recall reading somewhere in the forum that there were some problems with Bootcamp/Windows and some SSD. Don't know the details... Do you expect there will be compatible problem if I get a small SSD and upgrade to a larger capacity one by myself?
  2. re2st macrumors regular

    May 2, 2007
    San Jose, CA
    I'm on the same boat with you, getting rid of my 17" due to portability issue. I'd be interested to know about this as well. I guess I'll just have to give it a try once I have received mine.

    BTW, I'm not sure you can do DIY SSD replacement with this new Air. They're using direct flash memory, not in the form of SSD.
  3. Scottsdale macrumors 601


    Sep 19, 2008
    I cannot imagine Apple wouldn't have taken care of this by now within OS X. The problem I assume you're referring to is the same problem we had with the v 2,1 MBAs as Apple didn't give the drivers for 64-bit Windows on MBAs and MBs.

    However, that didn't stop many of us from installing Windows 64-bit. You just have to manually install the drivers. I did it, and it worked great on my MBA. I had 64-bit Windows 7 on my v 2,1 MBA. However, I sold the MBA when I got a ThinkPad to cover the Windows needs. I did that because I needed at least 4 GB RAM to run both OSes with Win 7 running virtually.

    We will have to wait and see if there's a BootCamp update allowing BootCamp to install 64-bit Windows on MBAs and MBs. Remember all other Macs have full 64-bit cross platform support in BootCamp. It is too bad, but it's not the end of the world or a problem at all really... if you're willing to manually install the drivers which actually gives you much better drivers anyways.

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