BootCamp Drivers direct download—further help

If you’ve downloaded bootcamp drivers for Macs to run Windows 7 or 8, but still have problems, here’s my summary of the main issues and solutions I know of:

  1. The download file won’t open; or it doesn’t seem to work somehow; or doesn’t contain all the drivers you expect Do the download again using a download manager because sometimes the download appears to finish but hasn’t really. There are a couple of download managers I know of for OS X:
    Folx by Eltima, who have been doing Mac software for years
    iGetter has been working well for a decade
  2. You get an error message saying that the drivers can’t be installed on this computer model.In this case you may have one of 3 problems:
    1. You clicked the wrong download link. Check the instructions on finding your ModelIdentifier again carefully, and try again.
    2. Some Macs only get drivers for 32-bit versions of Windows and some only get drivers for 64-bit versions of Windows so if you install the wrong one, you’ll have to start again.
    3. Back to item one – your download didn’t work properly. Get a download manager and try it again
  3. If you no longer have OS X on your machine, or if you did the download in Windows anyway, then opening-a-bootcamp-driver-download-on-windows-7-or-8-with-7-zip is the page that explains how to open the pkg file and the dmg file in Windows
  4. And finally the really obscure one: All you get in your download is drivers for a Motoral modem. I’m not sure what’s going on here, so I’m grasping at straws but you could try this: in the download URL, replace the http://swcdn.apple.com/ by using nslookup to to see if you can change which server is ‘really’ serving your download, for instance:
    http://apple.vo.llnwd.net/
    http://swcdn.apple.com.akadns.net/
    http://95.140.227.134/

39 thoughts on “BootCamp Drivers direct download—further help

  1. devin saputra

    how about macbook pro 1,1 do you have any solutions for the drivers? i couldn’t find it anywhere im trying to run windows 7 32 bit without mac os. Any thoughts ? :)

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    1. Chris F Carroll Post author

      Hi Devin. Hmm. Apple don’t officially support that, you’re stuck with doing the best you can. If you have an install disk for Win7, you may be able to ‘just run’ the installer. You may need to hold down the alt ⌥ key while the computer is starting up, then you can choose boot from DVD.

      For the drivers, I would then choose the oldest download which is https://support.apple.com/kb/DL1630.

      You then probably need to open the pkg using 7-zip or similar, (see cafe-encounter.net/p860/opening-a-bootcamp-driver-download-on-windows-7-or-8-with-7-zip

      If the main installer doesn’t work on your machine, then you can drill down and click on the individual component driver files. Some will work, some won’t. But I think that’s the best I can help.
      I have see Win8 running on a first model of MacBook Pro Core Duo, so I fairly sure that most of the drivers work.

      Chris

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