Questions about configuring Fusion on MB Air

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Maui19, Feb 28, 2008.

  1. Maui19 macrumors regular

    Jul 16, 2007
    I am a long-time Mac user who just got my first Intel Mac--a MacBook Air. I want to run some windows apps on my MBA, and bought Fusion to do the job. I have a copy of Windows XP that used to be installed on an old Dell laptop that we recently donated to charity. Here are my needs and concerns:

    -My MBA is the SSD version, so disk space is a concern.
    -I want to run perhaps 6 Windows apps. Some are shareware, but I also want to run Excel and Explorer.
    -I would like to run these on my MBA rather than an external HD. (Perhaps I could do two virtual spaces--one on the MBA and one on the HD?)

    Questions: How large do I need to make my Fusion space in order to run these sorts of apps?

    Is it a simple matter to install Windows XP? I'm thinking I'm going to have to call MS about it.

    What kind of performance can I expect out of this setup?

    Anything else I should be aware of?

    Thanks for your help!
  2. matperk macrumors 6502

    May 6, 2004
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    When you create the disc images in Parallels or Fusion, you basically only create a maximum size. The disc image is only as large as it needs to be at the current moment, and expands when you add data or install programs. In your situation, I would put about a 15gb cap on the drive. I have office 07 and maybe 6 other programs and i'm at 14gb now.
  3. bobwooderton macrumors newbie

    Dec 31, 2009
    Windows stripping

    Additionally there are methods of GREATLY reducing an xp sp3 windows install footprint. I remember reading a guide from bold fortune a long ways back.

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