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So basically today I bought a Mac book air. I really want to use it as a dual boot meaning I want to use windows 7 and Mac operating system as well. I also want to partition it where I have 70% windows OS and 30% mac OS. I have windows' 7 already on a flash drive. Do I just boot the windows 7 ISO file on my flash drive. Then create the windows partition while im installing windows 7? is that the way it works? if someone can link me to a thread on how to do it, that would be great. Oh last question where would I find all the drivers for windows 7?

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These two articles would be of great use to you:

 

http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1461

 

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3986

 

Basically, you'll need to use Apple's BootCamp utility to install Windows onto your Macbook Air. And after having used it before, its dead simple to use, and will guide you through it step by step easily.

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Honestly if you going to run windows enough that you want 70% of your storage to be Windows I'd probably take the Mac back. Any benefit of owning that Mac will be heavily degraded by running Windows. The two biggest will be the track pad and you will probably cut your battery life in half if not more.
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Use 10% for Windows... OSX is perfect and the applications will run much better on OSX. The 10% bootcamp partition can be used for Windows specific programs but seriously, You should just buy a Windows laptop if that is your wish. OSX is great for everything (IMO anyway)
   
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I would agree with GermanyChris and Rain. What was the point of buying a Mac if you are going to use it for windows? You can buy an ultra book that looks Macish and do the same thing.

Aside from that, Use Bootcamp to setup the Windows and that will be the easiest and least painful way to do it.
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