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.
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:
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?
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.
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?
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.
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!