Slimmed down windows on mac?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Xgm541, May 24, 2011.

  1. Xgm541 macrumors 65816

    May 3, 2011
    I posted this in the MBA forum without reply so I'm bringing it here.

    I have the MBA 11 inch with only 64GB of space. I was thinking of using my windows 7 DVD on my windows laptop to "slim it down", taking out unnecessary components as to save space.

    has anyone done this?
  2. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
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    There are a few guides about on how to do this. Used to do this with xp with great effect
  3. Xgm541 thread starter macrumors 65816

    May 3, 2011
    This is my first mac, therefore I dont know much about bootcamp. Does the MBA 2010 model support XP? I thought it was only windows 7. If anyone has a link to a guide that worked recently for them, that'd be great. Thank you!
  4. Quad5Ny, May 24, 2011
    Last edited: May 24, 2011

    Quad5Ny macrumors 6502a


    Sep 13, 2009
    New York, USA
    You only need a 20GB Boot Camp partition for Windows 7 if you; Shrink the Pagefile, Disable Hibernation & Disable System Restore.
    Also keep in mind that 32-bit Windows 7 versions use less Hard Drive space than 64-bit ones (7GB vs 10GB).

    On a MacBook Air with 2GB of RAM; You could create a 20GB Windows Partition, Install Windows 7 32-bit, Do all these steps and still have 12.75GB (on the Windows Partition) left for Programs & Personal Files.


    In addition to all of this, there is Windows Thin PC (that uses even less space; only about 3GB vs 7-10GB!!!), its in the RC (Release Candidate) stage right now. You can download a 180 day beta tester version by signing up on Microsoft Connect. -
    Windows Thin PC Review/Overview Here - AnandTech - Windows Thin PC: Windows, Slimmed Down


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