New To Mac-Forums?

Welcome to our community! Join the discussion today by registering your FREE account. If you have any problems with the registration process, please contact us!

Get your questions answered by community gurus Advice and insight from world-class Apple enthusiasts Exclusive access to members-only contests, giveaways and deals

Join today!

Start a Discussion

Mac-Forums Brief

Subscribe to Mac-Forums Brief to receive special offers from Mac-Forums partners and sponsors

Join the conversation RSS
Running Windows (or anything else) on your Mac Discussion of Classic or running Windows, Linux and other OSes on the Mac.

Vista on macbook air. Help!

Post Reply New Thread Subscribe

Thread Tools

Member Since: Mar 31, 2011
Posts: 1
danbevan is on a distinguished road

danbevan is offline
Hi all,

Sorry to be a complete newbie on here, but ive thumbed through a lot of the threads & posts by members and lots of other forums and im still stuck.

Basically, I bought a macbook air last week and its great, but i also need windows on it to run some software thats not mac compatible. I bought a legit copy of windows vista home premium (only because its the most recent windows OS i could get without having to fork out a bundle for Windows 7). I did the whole boot camp thing and got vista up and running smoothly, but surprise surprise, none of the drivers are working. Every post ive read so far simply say at this point "insert your Mac OSX disc", but you dont get a mac boot disk with the macbook air, just a USB stick that doesnt contain the windows drivers. Instead, when starting the bootcamp partition in OSX, you are guided through a driver disk backup. Although when I run bootcamp in windows, its says that the driver disk that i created in OSX is only compatible with windows 7.

I called apple tech support who were less than helpful and simply said "yeah, bootcamp doesnt support vista (or earlier) anymore". It seems that apple have completely cut off anyone who wants to use earlier versions of windows. They dont even keep a spare copy of the drivers on file that they can email to customers!

Ive tried running an earlier version of bootcamp (v2.1 which apparently is ideal for vista) but had no joy, so my shiny new computer has no sound, no wifi, poor graphics, no ethernet capabilities etc etc etc...

So needless to say I'm more than a little annoyed that ive just paid 900 for a computer that has less features than a thirdhand mid-nineties desktop!

The only thing mac tech support could suggest was an upgrade to windows 7, but i was hoping you guys might be able to help me before I have to fork out yet more cash on this **** thing!

thanks in advance!
QUOTE Thanks

TattooedMac's Avatar
Member Since: May 19, 2009
Location: Waiting for a mate . . .
Posts: 8,370
TattooedMac has a reputation beyond reputeTattooedMac has a reputation beyond reputeTattooedMac has a reputation beyond reputeTattooedMac has a reputation beyond reputeTattooedMac has a reputation beyond reputeTattooedMac has a reputation beyond reputeTattooedMac has a reputation beyond reputeTattooedMac has a reputation beyond reputeTattooedMac has a reputation beyond reputeTattooedMac has a reputation beyond reputeTattooedMac has a reputation beyond repute
Mac Specs: 21" iMac 2.9Ghz 16GB RAM & 13"MBP 2.9Ghz i7 8GB RAM 10.10.3, iPhone5 & iPad Air 2 iOS 8.3, ATV3

TattooedMac is offline
Hi and welcome dan . . . . .

There could be a way around it for you and that is to use VirtualBox. VirtualBox is a general-purpose full virtualizer for x86 hardware, targeted at server, desktop and embedded use.

Or you could go down the Parallels6 or VM Fusion road. Both the last 2 are a paid App but VirtualBox is FREE . . . . .. Free i say lol and that way you dont need to fork out more $.

Just on a side note though, did you do any research on the MBA before the purchase. You cant really blame Apple for not supporting certain things. A company needs to move forward and thats what they do when they stop supporting certain things.

Anyways these might be a work around for you. Be sure to come back if you need ro know more


Dont forget to use the Reputation System if someone has helped you out !!!
Arguing with a zealot is only slightly easier than tunneling through a mountain with your forehead!!!!!
MoTM ☆☆☆
QUOTE Thanks

Member Since: Feb 12, 2008
Posts: 937
SammySlim is a jewel in the roughSammySlim is a jewel in the rough

SammySlim is offline
Have you tried this? MacBook Air (Late 2010): Installing Windows 7 drivers

Boot Camp does support Vista, BTW.

You can use or borrow a Superdrive as an option ... but you can put the drivers on a USB drive too.

QUOTE Thanks

Post Reply New Thread Subscribe

« no sound when running windows on iMac | Microsoft Creative writer 2 »
Thread Tools

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Starter
Last Post
diagnosing kernel task/CPU problem on Macbook Air nick_harambee Apple Notebooks 9 08-20-2011 07:20 AM
New Macbook Air Rumours the8thark Apple Rumors and Reports 49 10-26-2010 08:08 PM
Apple intros 2.8GHz MacBook Pro, issues MacBook Air, Aperture, ProKit updates the8thark Apple Rumors and Reports 6 10-25-2010 08:47 PM
MacBook Pro or MacBook Air, which one should I purchase? Ninja_Duck Apple Notebooks 10 06-28-2010 12:07 AM
MacBook Air & External USB HD sctwht7 Apple Notebooks 0 10-21-2009 02:01 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:56 AM.

Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Welcome to

Create your username to jump into the discussion!

New members like you have made this community the ultimate source for your Mac since 2003!

(4 digit year)

Already a member?