Windows XP on MBA

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by dshlapak, Nov 6, 2008.

  1. dshlapak macrumors newbie

    Mar 28, 2008

    My bride's job involves building and using Access databases, and so she's professionally tied to the Wonderful World of Windows. At home she's a Mac user, though. I want to get her a new laptop, and I know she's drooling--in a very cute and lady-like way, of course--over the Air. Anyone care to comment on their experiences or expectations regarding running Windows/access on an MBA? Anyone doing it on the new model yet?

    Thanks in advance of any advice.


    --- das
  2. keantan macrumors regular

    Nov 6, 2008
    Penang, Malaysia
    Running XP in bootcamp shouldn't be a problem, XP runs fine using 2GB of RAM. I can't say about virtualisation software however since I don't use them. I wouldn't recommend running vista though. It's a resource hog.
  3. DaveOZ macrumors regular

    May 13, 2008
    Been running XP under VM Fusion on my Air 1.0 for 6 months without issue. I have used CAD and some specialist applications but not Access.
  4. keantan macrumors regular

    Nov 6, 2008
    Penang, Malaysia
    With reference to my previous post, I would recommend purchasing the Superdrive as well if your thinking of running bootcamp XP. This is just so that if anything does go wrong you have a working disk drive there and then and you don't have worry about having another computer to borrow the disc drive from.
  5. ksmith80209 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 15, 2007
    I run XP on Fusion 2.0 on the rev. b MBA with no issues. In fact, the window VM I copied from my MBP runs faster on the MBA due to the SSD.
  6. sriggles macrumors newbie

    Feb 26, 2008
    Fusion ROCKS! You can't wrong with the product and it works great on the Air.
  7. foodcoma macrumors member

    Jan 31, 2008
    Don't mean to hijack this thread, but which windows virtualization software would you recommend for the MBA 2? Looks like Fusion works quite well. What about parallels?
  8. MM07 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 10, 2008
    I use Fusion 2.0 on my MacBook. It's great and I've had no issues. I have never tried parallels.
  9. keantan macrumors regular

    Nov 6, 2008
    Penang, Malaysia
    I have tried both albeit not on the MBA, depends on what you want to do really, if you intend to use a higher percentage of system resources I prefer parallels if you just want to use a basic program and stuff like that Fusion is just fine.
  10. tedhogan macrumors member

    Apr 27, 2006
    I've been a Parallels user since it was beta. I switched to VMWare a few months ago. I won't go back. VMWare is more stable and the performance is excellent on my MBP. Parallels lost me as a customer when I saw how horrible their support had become after reading their forums. I figured that if I ever did have a problem, they wouldn't help me. So, I made the switch and am very happy with it.
  11. chachat macrumors newbie

    Feb 23, 2008
    San Francisco
    Just a quick question relating to Windows XP. Can one purchase XP at a retail store or is only available online? I have not seen it listed at the usual chains such as BestBuy, Staples, etc??? Just looking for the Sp2 OEM version??? As I am relatively naive to the Windows world, what advantages does the pro version offer? I am planning on running some imaging application as well as some DNA analysis software?

    Many thanks in advance...

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