11 Replies Latest reply: Sep 10, 2011 2:07 PM by edteck
edteck Level 1 (0 points)

I just purchased a mid 2011 MacBook Air. (11" 1.6GHz Core i5, 4 GB RAM, Lion 10.7.1.)

 

My ultimate goal is to run PowerPoint and an TurningPoint audience response system that plugs into PowerPoint.  TurningPoint says it runs as either 32-bit or 64-bit. That's the only Windows program I will likely use. Otherwise I'm a Mac guy.

 

My installation disks for both Windows 7 and Office 2010 both included 32-bit or 64-bit.

 

So is there any reason for installing Windows 7 and Office 2010 as 32-bit or 64-bit?

 

I plan to use Boot Camp 4.0.1 and have limited tech skills "under the hood."

  • Fortuny Level 7 (21,435 points)

    Since the Windows programs you use are 64-bit compatible I would install Windows 7 64-bit.

    Plus it allows you to use the full 4GB RAM of your MBA.

     

    With 32-bit Windows you would be stuck somewhere around 2.5 to 3GB of useable RAM.

     

    http://www.apple.com/support/bootcamp/

    Frequently asked questions about Lion and Boot Camp 4.0

    Boot Camp - Installation & Setup Guide (OS X Lion)

     

    Stefan

  • edteck Level 1 (0 points)

    Stefan,

     

    Thanks for taking the time to answer. I've been a "bit" nervous about the process and this removes one of my questions.

  • Fortuny Level 7 (21,435 points)

    You're welcome anytime.

     

    Feel free to ask the remaining questions then...

     

    Stefan

  • edteck Level 1 (0 points)

    I'll take you up on your kind offer, Stefan.

     

    I've been reading the Apple info on the install before I get started. I checked out the Boot Camp 4.0.1 interface and see that will be asked to select the tasks. Here's a few questions:

     

    Screen Shot 2011-09-04 at 11.31.47 AM.png

     

    1. It defaults to "checked" on all 3 tasks - should I do the same?

     

    2. My MBA did not ship with any Lion install discs - can I complete the project without one? Does the second task take care of that?


    3. What's a "WIndows 7 ISO image"? How do I get one? - or is it created in the Boot Camp process?

     

    Danke,

    Peter

  • Fortuny Level 7 (21,435 points)

    Sure thing...

     

    1. Since you have a Windows Install DVD, uncheck the first one (Create a Windows 7 Install Disk).

     

    2. You have to use the second option (Download the latest Windows support software) to get the needed BootCamp WIndows Driver. Use an USB-Memory-Stick/-Flash-Drive for it.

     

    3. Windows 7 can be downloaded from Microsoft as an .iso file and/or if you are in college/highschool then some offer this.

    With the first option you can make a Windows Install DVD out of such an . iso file.

    Since you alreaday have one, uncheck it.

     

    Stefan

  • edteck Level 1 (0 points)

    Stefan -

     

    Success! Thanks for all your help.

    Peter

  • Fortuny Level 7 (21,435 points)

    You're welcome.

     

    Have Fun

     

    Stefan

  • edteck Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Stefan,

     

    I'm back with a related problem. I did the orginal installation of Windows 7 using Boot Camp on a MacBook Air with 128GB HD. I devoted 20GB to Windows. That seemed to be the default.

     

    I've already maxed out the Windows / Boot Camp drive. Run out of space!!

     

    1. Is there a way to readjuct the partition so the I can give the Windows side more space?

     

    2. Or is it easier to uninstall the whole windows package and do the whole Boot camp process over again creating a larger Windows partition? (I don't have any valuable documents in Windows yet) If I should uninstall Windows / Boot Camp partition - how do I do that?

     

    Thanks,

    Peter

  • Fortuny Level 7 (21,435 points)

    Doing your little Terminater impersonation (I'll be back) ?

     

    20GB for Windows 7 is far too small, think more in the line of 50GB !

     

    1. Paragons CampTune is as of now the best solution for resizing http://www.paragon-software.com/home/camptune/

     

    2. CampTune is easier than redoing it all again, but also costs.

    Redoing the Windows 7 would be using the BootCamp Assistant again and reverting the partitioning back to one single OSX volume which completely deletes the BootCamp Windows 7 partition.

    After that plus a reboot of your MBA you can use the BootCamp Assistant again to partition with the new bigger size.

     

    Keep always in mind that you should have at least 15% of the diskspace as free space in OSX or otherwise you might encounter slowness in OSX.

     

    Stefan

  • edteck Level 1 (0 points)

    Your Terminator made me laugh!!

     

    And thanks for the quick reply. The Camp Tune looks like a good option. But I may just use Boot Camp Assistant to eliminate the partition and do this all over again. (Especially now that I know how to use Boot Camp. )

     

    I'll try 50 GB - just need to run PowerPoint in Office and TurningPoint audience response system that plugs into it.

     

    Thanks again - I hope I can answer a question for you some day!

  • edteck Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Stefan,

     

    Update - I decided to return the MBA and get another with a bigger HD. Why mess around??

     

    Cheers,

    Peter