How to Get Windows on a Macbook Air
Here's my M1 MacBook Air, using Parallels to virtualize the ARM version of Windows 10, which is emulating an x86 version of an app that’s further emulating a PlayStation 2. Otherwise known as. Chicken123 said: Please do not use Parallels on the Macbook Air. It keeps crashing. There are already some discussions about this on the Parallels forum. I have just bought the Macbook air and is very frustrated because Parallels keep crashing with increasing frequency with my MBA. Apple’s M1 MacBook Air. Parallels is releasing an update to its Desktop virtual machine software that allows M1 Mac owners to install Windows 10 on Arm. Parallels Desktop 16.5 now includes the. I just got a MacBook air, and also picked up VMware Fusion 4 ($30 cheaper than Parallels). Windows is running great on the air. Windows is snappy and responsive, and the Windows on the Air preforms better than Windows bootcamped on my MacBook Pro (mid-2009). I have to say the Flash memory is definitely worth it if you do not have too many files.
When it comes to running Windows on a Macbook, you have two main options: install Widows on a Macbook as a secondary OS via Boot Camp or use virtualization software like Parallels Desktop, VMware Fusion or VirtualBox. Regardless of which method you select, you will also need an unused Windows license key to activate Windows. In this article I’ll give a quick overview of each method, so you can decide which one is more suitable in your situation.
Option 1: Install Windows on a Macbook Air With BootCamp
Boot Camp comes with your Macbook for free, and it allows you to install Windows alongside macOS, so you can choose which of them to boot on startup. Mac’s Boot Camp Assistant will help you install Windows, partition the startup drive and install necessary drivers.
If you install Windows via Boot Camp, Windows will have all of your Macbook’s resources and can run programs with the maximum possible performance. That’s why dual-booting is ideal for running resource-intensive programs like video-editing software or high-end games.
On the other hand, only one operating system will be able to run at the same time, so you will have to reboot between them depending on which apps you need to run at the moment. Another possible drawback is fact that Windows and macOS use different file systems, and you will not be able to open Mac files on Windows or vice versa unless you install specific third-party drives for it. That is not a problem when using virtual machines.
Option 2: Run Windows on a Macbook Air Using a Virtual Machine
Virtual machines allow you to install and open Windows in a window on your Mac desktop. Windows will “think” it’s running on a real computer, when it is running inside an app. With virtual machines you run both macOS and Windows at the same time, which is handy if you want to open a single Windows program alongside your Mac applications. However, when you run a virtual machine, your computer’s resources are split between the two operating systems, so everything may run slower than usual.
Install Windows on a Macbook Air With Parallels Desktop
Parallels Desktop is very intuitive and easy-to-use for regular computer users. The app will configure everything for you, even download Windows or utilize the one you already downloaded via Boot Camp. You can open Windows in a separate window (including a full screen mode), or you can turn on Coherence mode. In Coherence mode the virtual machine will run in the background, while Windows programs can run alongside your Mac apps. You can even put Windows programs on your macOS desktop or pin them to Dock. Parallels Desktop allows you to copy and paste or drag and drop between Windows and macOS without any problems.
Parallels Desktop prices start at $79.99, however there is a free trial period available.
Get Windows on a Macbook Air With VMware Fusion
VMware Fusion is another popular virtualization software for Macbooks. It is close to Parallels in terms of functionality and pricing, but VMware’s Fusion supports a larger number of operating systems than Parallels. On the other hand, Parallels is easier for beginners, and runs a little smoother. Otherwise, these two programs are approximately on the same level.
Install Windows a Macbook Air Via VirtualBox
If you don’t plan to spend extra money on virtualization software, there’s always VirtualBox by Oracle. VirtualBox is a pretty decent free alternative to paid software if not slower, less polished and missing some handy functions. If you need to run some resource intensive Windows programs, VirtualBox might not be the best choice for you. VirtualBox also requires more technical knowledge than, for example, Parallels, as users need to tune some settings themselves when installing it. However, if you are a power user already or don’t mind doing a little more work, and you are not going to run latest Windows games or video-editing software, VirtualBox is a good (and free!) alternative.
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2 days ago I formatted my machine and reinstalled Lion as the hard drive was really full and I wanted a fresh install. I installed VMware with Windows 7 again, but I notice that any time VMware is running my fan is going full blast non stop. Even if I stop the virtual machine just having VMware running keeps the fan going until I quit. So I just installed my Parallels copy that I have and I noticed it does the exact same thing.
Before I never would even remember I had Windows running and sometimes would have it running for days and the fan never even would turn on or go crazy. I did a SMC reset and NVRAm and PRAM but it still does it. Just really confused why it would suddenly do that now when before like I said you'd never notice it. I have it set to use 1 processor core and 1GB of my 4GB ram. I'm at a loss here, any ideas what might cause this?