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vinay080 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Mar 20, 2013 2:26 PM

Hi All,

Good evening. I am having a 13" macbook Air and just installed Windows 7 on this. Unfortunately, i had a copy of Windows which is 32 bit. As expected, the Bootcamp support software doesnt seem to work on this. It would be great if someone could give me some tip on how to install Bootcamp support software for 32 Bit Windows 7.

 

Also, one more follow up question. How do I enable Wifi when am on windows?

 

Regards,
Vinay

MacBook Air (13-inch, Mid 2012)
  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,010 points)
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    Mar 20, 2013 2:30 PM (in response to vinay080)

    You will need to get Win7 64-bit. Or run Windows in Parallels or other virtualization software.

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,010 points)
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    Mar 20, 2013 2:47 PM (in response to vinay080)

    Or spend $79 for Parallels or download VirtualBox 4.2.10 for free and install your copy in a virtual machine. Cheaper than buying 64-bit Windows, and you can run Windows concurrently with OS X.

  • rtheb Level 1 Level 1 (140 points)
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    Mar 20, 2013 3:02 PM (in response to vinay080)

    I installed windows 7 x32 with no problem on my old Core Duo Black MacBook using BootCamp 4.0. running Snow Leopard

     

    Try BootCamp 4.0.4033 at  http://support.apple.com/downloads/DL1630/en_US/BootCamp4.0.4033.zip

     

    I'm pretty sure it has the 32 bit drivers you need.

     

    I later updated to Windows 8 x32 and most of the drivers worked there as well.

     

    Apple updated BootCamp 4 with additional drivers on newer releases of Boot Camp 4 that Apple Software Update on the Windows side automatically updated to the most current version version of BootCamp 4

     

     

    Download and give it a try..

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,010 points)
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    Mar 20, 2013 3:15 PM (in response to rtheb)

    He is using a 2012 MBA running Mountain Lion. It has no 32-bit support like yours does running Snow Leopard on hardware that supports both 32 and 64-bit drivers.

  • rtheb Level 1 Level 1 (140 points)
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    Mar 20, 2013 3:50 PM (in response to Kappy)

    I thought the OP said he had "just installed Windows" 7 x32 on his MacBook Air and only needed the 32 bit drivers.

     

    Did the OP actually install Win 7 x32 and has it running or is just attempting to install it?

     

    If he did actually get it installed I'd try the Bootcamp 4.0 setup just to see what happens.

     

    Worst case is he buys a new x64 version of Windows.

     

    Just my 2 cents.

  • rtheb Level 1 Level 1 (140 points)
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    Mar 20, 2013 4:23 PM (in response to vinay080)

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5634?viewlocale=en_US

     

    Under

    Boot Camp requirements by Mac model

     

     

    MacBook Air

    MacBook Air (13-inch, Mid 2012)554---

     

     

    Apple says his 13" MacBook Air supports Windows 7, 32-bit using BootCamp 4.

     

    So I would certainly DL the Drivers and give it a go.

     

    My added 2 cents.

  • rtheb Level 1 Level 1 (140 points)
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    Mar 20, 2013 5:02 PM (in response to vinay080)

    Try BootCamp 4.0.4033 at  http://support.apple.com/downloads/DL1630/en_US/BootCamp4.0.4033.zip

     

    Just run setup.exe NOT setup64.exe

     

    This version should have what you need for the major drivers.

     

    The later versions just add some newer drivers you can install later.

  • rtheb Level 1 Level 1 (140 points)
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    Mar 20, 2013 5:15 PM (in response to vinay080)

    The BootCamp 4.0 will install all the necessary wifi drivers you need for the windows side and you'll be all good.

  • rtheb Level 1 Level 1 (140 points)
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    Mar 20, 2013 5:40 PM (in response to vinay080)

    Now install iTunes for Windows and let it install on the Windows side.

     

    Along with iTunes the Apple Software Update will also be installed.

     

    After installation run the Apple Software Update program and it will install all the needed updates not installed.

     

    I'm pretty sure it will update BootCamp 4.0 to the newest version.

     

    If it doesn't update BootCamp 4.0 download the later versions and install those.

     

    You can now download these all on the windows side. Unzip and install from the desktop saving you some time and effort.

     

    Glad everything is working as Apple has totally fubared BootCamp lately especially with Windows 8 and BootCamp 5.

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