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

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by MisterSnrub, Sep 2, 2011.

  1. MisterSnrub macrumors newbie

    Sep 2, 2011
    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?
  2. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
  3. MisterSnrub thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 2, 2011
    I don't have one of those either. Sorry I should've mentioned that.
  4. Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    If you have a 2011 Air, Windows XP support has been discontinued.
  5. MisterSnrub thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 2, 2011
    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


    Oct 25, 2010
    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

    Sep 2, 2011
    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


    Aug 29, 2011
    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


    Jul 29, 2008
    The Far Horizon
    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.

Share This Page