I have the 2013 base model MBA 13. What's the best windows version?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by wannabelean, Nov 20, 2013.

  1. wannabelean macrumors 6502

    Mar 18, 2009
    to install in terms of compatibility. I need to run some old legacy business apps. Also what's the better route to go...bootcamp or VM?

  2. TheRealDamager macrumors 65816

    Jan 5, 2011
    Bootcamp will give you the best performance, especially for intensive tasks like gaming. Parallels or another VM will work fine for most business apps, and doesn't require a reboot.

    I think Win 7 will be the latest well supported version for Windows. I know many people installed Win 8, but Apple hasn't (I don't think) released full driver support yet.
  3. halledise macrumors 65816

    May 7, 2009
    Hamilton Island, Whitsundays, QLD Australia
    is there a such a thing as a good version of windows? :rolleyes:
  4. wannabelean thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 18, 2009
    Thanks. The 32 bit or 64 bit version?
  5. Jefe's MacAir macrumors 6502

    Nov 21, 2010
    You can get trial versions for both VMware Fusion and Parallels. You can also get a Windows 8 trial version.

    Try 'em both out. If they work, great. If not then you may need to Boot Camp.

    There's also another App that runs some Windows software. If it's an older program not requiring much computing power and you need to run these programs this may be the solution. Sorry, can't remember the name of the App.

    Just do a search for VMware vs. Parallels and I think it's mentioned in a MacWorld comparison as a side note.
  6. Meister Suspended


    Oct 10, 2013
    Only 64bit is supported.
    My experience on mac is: win8 is not working! It crashed after about 5 bootups.
    Try not to pollute your beautiful mac with wi**ows. :mad:
  7. dmccloud macrumors 6502a


    Sep 7, 2009
    Anchorage, AK
    On my retina MBP, I have Windows 7 installed via Bootcamp. On my MacBook Air, I am currently testing Windows 8 via Parallels in Coherence mode. So far, it seems to work pretty well, especially with I installed some of the Stardock software to make W8 look and operate like Windows 7. I've had no issues on either machine running Windows in this manner.
  8. dbroncos78087 macrumors regular

    Feb 27, 2013
    Northern Virginia
    I have only used VM and it works great. I would be careful not to tax it too much because the most RAM you can get into an Air is 8GB.

    So if bootcamp is independent, then I would give that a try first.
  9. Yggbert macrumors regular

    Jul 22, 2011
    Windows 7 and 8 both launched way smoother than Mountain Lion. People in glass houses.
  10. Dweez macrumors 65816


    Jun 13, 2011
    Down by the river
    I've got a win7 vm on my 8 gig MBA and have given it 4 gig. Works like a champ for those times when only IE can access some stuff @ work, or windows is an absolute must have (thankfully not often).

    My IT organization is slowly becoming enlightened, but we'd sure like to see them move faster regarding support of anything besides Microsoft Windows.
  11. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    Windows 7 64-bit. I see no reason to get Windows 8. I downgraded a bunch of my laptops from Windows 8 to 7. Only for a touchscreen computer do I find Windows 8 to be superior.

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