Can I run Windows XP on a Mac Air even though the Mac Air has no CD ROM drive?

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  1. MisterSnrub macrumors newbie

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    I have the windows XP install disk and I have VMWare Fusion installed on my Mac Air. I also have a PC connected to a wireless router and my Mac Air is picking up that wireless signal. Can I still install Windows XP on my Mac Air? If so, how can this be done?
     
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  3. MisterSnrub thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I don't have one of those either. Sorry I should've mentioned that.
     
  4. Intell macrumors P6

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    If you have a 2011 Air, Windows XP support has been discontinued.
     
  5. MisterSnrub thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Is that really all the choice I have? I can't copy the files on the PC and copy them wirelessly to the Mac Air?
     
  6. snorkelman macrumors 6502a

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    I'd have thought the easiest (or at least cheapest) way to do what you want would be:

    create an iso image of the XP install CD on the PC (download and use the freeware IsoRecorder if you're stuck for anything else capable of it)

    transfer the iso image accross the network from the PC to your mac book air

    tell VMWare to boot from the iso image as a virtual CD, then just install XP onto your new virtual machine from it.
     
  7. MisterSnrub thread starter macrumors newbie

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    As a matter of fact, that's exactly what I did! And it's working GREAT!

    And you people wanted me to spend money on an external CD-ROM drive! For shame!
     
  8. johnhurley macrumors 6502a

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    Hey dude/dudette ... you get what you pay for. You ask for free advice ... then it's up to you to sort it out.
     
  9. Scepticalscribe Contributor

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    And what's wrong with that?

    Which would have been my original advice, too.

    Exactly. I bought a MBA Superdrive, because I thought it would be useful....

    Well said.
     

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