working windows on macbook / macbook air

is it possible to work all application and all functions of macbook with windows , same as a windows laptop
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bbaoIT ConsultantCommented:
basically you just want to run Windows Os on Macbook Air? yes, it is supported, by using Apple Boot Camp.


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techpAuthor Commented:
hello bbao,

 does windows on mac , work like windows on desktop (hp or dell)
 applications / print etc
Yes. If you install Windows using Bootcamp, it will run just like a PC.
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techpAuthor Commented:
what about installing windows 7 enterprise
Win 7 Enterprise is not officially supported on Bootcamp:
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You might wish to consider VMware Fusion or Parallels on your MAC and run any version of Windows as a guest machine at the same time as your MAC is running. Saves dual-booting, works well, and is flexible as to what guest you run.

I use VMware Workstation on Windows 8.1 and run Windows 7 and other guests just fine.
techpAuthor Commented:
hello john hurst,

  vMware Workstation  not free ? , correct ?
On a Mac you would need to run either VMWare Fusion or Parallels, neither of which are free. A free alternative is Virtual Box:
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
No. not free, but VMware products are very good and (in my view) well worth the money.
Virtual Box is free but it is slower than either VMWare or Parallels, but works fine for most purposes.

Parallels is the most seamless on a Mac and it can load your BootCamp partition as a VM.  You can boot to BootCamp directly if you want more speed or just load it in Parallels VM if you still need to use your Mac Software.

You can also install wine, either through Homebrew or MacPorts, and run a single Windows Application.  This mainly works best if the program is mostly self contained and doesn't require too many interconnected Windows APIs and parts.  I've run a lot of software this way because it doesn't require as much RAM as loading a full VM.  I don't use my copy of parallels as often, since I've gotten many the programs I need to properly run in wine.

Any of them will work.  It all depends on what you need.

While Windows 7 Enterprise is not officially supported, it doesn't mean it can't be installed.  It just means they don't guaranty that it will work and they won't give you support if you have problems with it.  I've installed Enterprise before.  I've also installed Windows 10 Preview.
bbaoIT ConsultantCommented:
let me ask a basic question. why do you have to choose Macbook Air and to run Windows on it? a Windows user just loves the cool hardware of Apple?
techpAuthor Commented:
hello bbao,

  apple has great display (retina) , graphics ....some of them to work windows on this
bbaoIT ConsultantCommented:
then what you need Boot Camp to convert a Mac computer into a PC running Windows. you don't need VMware Fusion or VirtualBox if you don't intend to use OS X at all.

be aware you need a separate license for your Windows edition, and not-officially-supported doesn't mean technically impossible.

not supported by Apple doesn't mean the same thing here at EE and any non-Apple communities. you are always welcome here asking your issues when installing W7 Enterprise on Boot Camp.
bbaoIT ConsultantCommented:
sorry, typo: please remove "what" from "then what you need ..."
The Main good thing about the Mac is the Retina Screen.  The keyboard layout sucks, because it's missing a few important keys for Windows users, but the keys are as good as the original Thinkpad's in reliability.  Macs are also smaller and sleeker than most Windows laptops, but if you're spend enough, you can get decent Windows Laptops with similar features.

OSX, by default, only lets you choose 1920x1200 instead of 2880x1800(15") or 1680x1050 instead of 2560x1600(13").  You'll need 3rd party apps to use the full resolution.  Windows will default to the full retina resolution, making icons and fonts difficult to read unless you enlarge them or you lean closer to the screen.  If you're shooing to use the full retina screen resolution, you'll find it not very workable for many, especially older users.  I've found many users reduce the resolution or just enlarge the fonts.  Some people are fine with it, but most don't really need it at that resolution.

There are many Windows laptops with 1920x1200 resolution that will work well too.  You'll just have to pay more than $400 for them, but you don't have to spend as much as a Macbook if you don't need all the exact same dimensions and screen quality.

You could also spend more and get more CPU and graphics card capabilities with non-Mac laptops.  PC laptops have a wider range of features.  You get a specific aesthetic with a Mac.
bbaoIT ConsultantCommented:
thanks for the points but why just 'good'? :)
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