Can a base MBA run Windows ok?

L T

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So I have the base 2013 13inch MacBook air, 4GB RAM 128GB storage and the 1.3GHZ i5

I am going to be doing an IT apprenticeship at work and looking at it its all going to be based around windows machines.

I really don't want to go back to a windows laptop so was wondering how well Windows run in boot camp on my base MBA. Or would I be better off selling this MBA and getting a MacBook Pro to bootcamp windows on.

Or even just a Windows laptop?

Thanks
 

iHackPro

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Yes, you'll be able to run Windows just fine. Windows 8.1 is pretty zippy to me on my Core 2 Duo with 4GB of RAM.
 

PBG4 Dude

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SSD space will be tight since you only have 128GB SSD. Other than that, your MBA will run Windows well.
 

L T

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SSD space will be tight since you only have 128GB SSD. Other than that, your MBA will run Windows well.
Thanks guys, was thinking about buying an external 128GB SSD to put Windows on
 

Riker88

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Thanks guys, was thinking about buying an external 128GB SSD to put Windows on
This is different to the title of this thread. How will you be connecting the external SSD to the MBA? It will be slower than running Windows installed on the internal SSD drive
 

Dweez

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As has been stated above, windows will run fine on your config. Disk space may very well become an issue, that would be my only concern.

FWIW I use a Crucial M4 SSD with a Thunderbolt adapter as an additional external device to run VMs from on my MBP and MBA, and performance wise it rocks. Nowhere near as fast as internal SSD (Samsung 840 EVO in MBP) or flash storage (MBA), but fast enough to run VMs with no noticeable performance hit.
 
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DmbShn41

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Consider running windows on the internal SSD< and use a PNY STOREdge 128GB SD card for file storage. $79 to double your storage.