Macbook Air and windows 7

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by jmfel1926, Jun 30, 2012.

  1. jmfel1926 macrumors member

    Jun 22, 2012
    Hello to everyone,

    i am about to buy a Macbook Air 2012 11'' with 4gb of Ram and i was wondering , will i be capable to run windows 7 with 4gb? i am a light user but i want to run windows 7 when i need them ... from the store they told that ofcourse 8gb are better but i will not have problem with 4gb whatever i do . i am a light user , maybe sometimes a little bit more of a light user. i don't want to play games on windows 7 , just for some programs.
  2. Barna Biro macrumors 6502a

    Barna Biro

    Sep 25, 2011
    Zug, Switzerland
    It will run Windows 7 no probs. I suggest you use Bootcamp for Windows.
  3. noteple macrumors 65816


    Aug 30, 2011
    4G with Win 7 32 bit, boot-camp or OSX with parallels or vmware will work just fine
  4. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    Haven't tried it yet with 4gb, but others say it is pretty roughy with only 4
  5. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    I use it with 4GB and VMware and it runs very well
  6. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    Good to know. Thanks. Random, did or do you go to Uga? I graduated from there in 11'
  7. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    It will run Windows 7 fine. If you get an ISO of the Windows install DVD, you can create a bootable installer USB drive right by using BootCamp Assistant.
  8. Dweez macrumors 65816


    Jun 13, 2011
    Down by the river
    I run 64 bit win7 in a fusion vm with 2 gig allocated and it performs quite well.
  9. Sounds Good macrumors 68000

    Jul 8, 2007
    Really? I had read in numerous posts here that 8GB is recommended if we're gonna run Windows in a VM (like Parallels, etc).

    So which is true? 4GB or 8GB ??
  10. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    It will run decently with a 4GB system. I've been doing that since 2010. However, it will run better on an 8GB system because you can allocate the VM more memory while still reserving more memory for OS X.

    What I found is that with 4GB, I could comfortably allocate 1.5GB of RAM to Windows 7, which was enough to run 1-2 programs before Windows started paging excessively. If I started running a few tabs in Safari or had iTunes in the background, I'd start running out of memory in OS X. With 8GB, I can give Windows 3GB (significantly reducing page-outs), and still have 5GB of RAM left over for OS X, which eliminates the issue I experienced before.
  11. yoyoma1992 macrumors member

    Jun 20, 2012
    How does this allocation work with bootcamp? Do you have to allocate? I thought it was whichever one (windows of mac os) you bootup will get all the RAM?
  12. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    With Boot Camp, Windows has access to however much RAM your Mac has. You choose at the time of booting whether to run OS X or Windows. If you boot into Windows, it is no different from any other Windows PC.
  13. danrhiggins macrumors newbie

    Jun 30, 2012
    I have been using Parallels/Win7 on a MBA w/ 4GB for a year

    Of course this all depends on what you are doing. If you are doing gaming on a virtual machine it might get pretty rough for a variety of reasons. But I wouldn't know because I don't do that. I run Office 2010 on Win 7 on Paralless 7. I also run MindJet mind mapping software, Evernote, Internet Explorer. I typically use it in "coherence" mode so that you don't see the Windows desktop, just the Windows (e.g. Office 2010) apps running on your OSX desktop. I have even run with the Windows virtual machine on an Elgato SSD Thunderbolt drive so I could move it from one Mac to the next. And sometimes I don't run in Coherence mode and put Parallels/Windows in full screen mode in its own virtual desktop. When it is on my Thunderbolt display it is pretty slick.

    Of course all of that was on a 2011 MBA 13" (I have been doing it since last August.)

    If I have a problem using Windows on my Mac it is that there are a couple of keys that don't map well (Delete) and I have grown so accustomed to using gestures in Mac OSX that I really miss them when I am in Windows. So no I use Office 2011 on OSX as much as possible. (And, yes, I can have an Outlook 2011 window open and an Outlook 2010 window open in Coherence mode and side by side and I can see changes I make in one eventually get reflected in the other as they independently sync with Exchange.)
  14. jeremyx macrumors member

    Jun 15, 2012
    How does the Bootcamp RAM allocation work? You give some % of the RAM to bootcamp so Windows can use that? Is the allocated RAM still free in use for OSX when you're not booted to Windows?
  15. kodeman53 macrumors 65816

    May 4, 2012
    If you are not booted into Windows, it doesn't take any ram.
  16. oxfordguy macrumors 6502a

    Feb 27, 2008
    Oxford, England
    If you want to run Windows as a VM via Parallels or VM Ware Fusion, I'd highly recommend 8Gb RAM. If running Windows via Bootcamp 4gb would probably be okay, though I still think its almost a non-brainer now to configure a new MBA with 8Gb - it's not that expensive to do and you can't upgrade it later.

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