How to Install Windows 7 on a MacBook Air

You saw Apple’s “magical” keynote last week and you thought to yourself, “that MacBook Air is a very slick notebook.” So, you cracked open your wallet and made Apple $1,000-$1,200 richer. Then you sit down in front of it and think to yourself, “This is a great-looking laptop, but if only I had a useful operating system on it.” You are in luck. I will not take credit for this because I stumbled across this how-to guide on Cnet, but since this is a Windows news site and since I have no plan on purchasing a MacBook Air just to try this out for myself, I figured we have readers that will find this guide more-than-useful in installing the world’s best OS on their new toy.

Dong Ngo of Cnet’s Windows 7 Insider, has taken the time to go through the process of taking Windows 7 and installing it on a new MacBook Air via a USB thumbdrive. I’ve read through the guide and it is very detailed and easy to follow and includes pictures.

Here are some things you’ll need:

  • A PC running Window 7 with an optical drive
  • USB thumbdrive (4GB or larger)
  • Windows 7 installation DVD

The process will take an hour or so depending on your familiarity with some of the processes. If you have any experience with Windows installations, this shouldn’t be difficult at all.

The guide can be found in full here.

Source: Cnet

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12 Responses to How to Install Windows 7 on a MacBook Air

  1. Guillaumestcyr October 26, 2010 at 2:32 pm #

    ”a usefull operating system”
    this may be a little biased…
    just a little!

    • Liloipop October 27, 2010 at 8:05 pm #

      well this is a windows 7 website 😛

  2. Smith Steve October 26, 2010 at 10:36 pm #

    I wish I could use Windows 7 instead of Mac OSX.

    • Omoronovo October 27, 2010 at 1:25 am #

      Why can’t you? If you have a PPC mac, you could install a version of linux, such as Debian, which is still supported on the platform.

  3. Anonymous October 27, 2010 at 7:08 am #

    You know what? Honestly, if you just blew 1-1.2k on a Mac, you don’t DESERVE Windows on it. Why did you buy the Mac in the first place? You could have saved 500 dollars and gotten a better deal!

    • windows on a mac user November 20, 2010 at 7:08 pm #

      a computer isnt just about specs
      some people want to pay for portability, quality and style…
      whats wrong with that?

      • Anonymous November 21, 2010 at 10:10 am #

        Portability? Windows has laptops too.

        Quality? I suppose someone cares more about the bells and whistles, but then they shouldn’t bother getting Windows since it focuses on quantity and not quality.

        I’d rather have a computer that does what I want than that looks cool.

        Nothing’s wrong, it’s just stupid.

    • Sean Gol December 1, 2010 at 7:33 pm #

      lol hahahahahaha r these posts serious?!?!?! what planet do u idiots live on?? Since when is windows a “useful” OS?? and if you think that you are saving yourself money by purchasing a 500 dollar PC then think again.. cause your going to be most likely spending at least 500 dollars more just to keep it running for the next 2 years if that…


      • Anonymous December 1, 2010 at 7:36 pm #

        Hi Sean Gol.

        It’s nice to see your support for Apple, but I’d like to request that you think from our perspective as well. Sure we may have the ability to get a virus on Windows, but that’s only because we have a bigger market share than Apple. I wonder why more people use Windows over Apple? Hmmm…

        Even if I spend 1k, at least I can run all the programs I want, your 2k Apple machine needs WINDOWS just to run many programs.

        Thanks for your fan boy comments, I really enjoy reading them.

      • Bogdan December 26, 2010 at 9:25 am #

        You can have a stable Windows installation if you’re not an idiot. With as little as a free antivirus (like Avast) or free firewall/internet suite (like Comodo). On the hardware side, PCs and laptops are much more customisable and easy to repair.

  4. Me October 27, 2010 at 9:51 am #

    @ admin! robert
    he did the right thing…

    pc is bad news… it will get to you!!!

    it is virus ! try it.!!!

  5. Niceone March 23, 2011 at 3:46 pm #

    Help!!!! have just installed win 7 on my macbook air and cant get it to boot into mac since i changed the boot option in mac to win 1st it just boots to win 7 with no option for mac, Thanks in advance Niceone!!!

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