BootCamp Download Stuck – How to Get Drivers for Macs to run Windows 7 or 8

— updated after BootCamp 5 release June 2013 —

Where can you get a direct download of Windows drivers for Macs if BootCamp is stuck, and says ‘could not continue’ or you have some other problem downloading the drivers?

The brute force solution: it’s a darned large download, so physically take your machine to somewhere with a very fast internet connection that can download 600MB – 1GB in a couple of minutes. There, you’re done. Especially if you have a laptop, this would be the simplest solution – even take it to an Apple Store.

For the rest of us:

  1. If not, then first find out your Mac’s ModelIdentifier
    • Q: How do I find my Mac’s Model Identifier?
      A: Open System Information, and look in the Hardware Overview section.
      In other words: Click Apple menu -> About this Mac -> More Info… -> System Report -> Hardware. Now, read down the list in the Hardware Overview panel, looking for Model Identifier
    • If you’re stuck, see the note below.
    • Note that a ModelIdentifierHasNoSpacesInItAtAll.
  2. Second, get a download manager. You can try doing without, but the reason you’re on this page is that you’re having trouble getting a file to download reliably. A download manager such as iGetter or Folx solves this problem.
  3. Then, search for your ModelIdentifier in the table below. Click the link to get the download package. Be patient as they are 600MB to over 1GB. It will be much simpler if you do the download in OS X, because OS X can open the downloaded file and also open the dmg file inside it.

  4. Still in Mac OS X, once your pkg is downloaded, double click it and install to a folder on your hard drive so you know where to find it. During the Installation, click the “Change Location” option so that you can choose where it gets installed.Image of OS X Installer step where you can choose the folder to install to

  5. The folder contains a nest of folders, the last of which contains a dmg disk image file. Double click that to open. At last! Here are your Windows installer files.Install BootCampESD 4 Find and Double click the dmg fileBootCamp WindowsSupport.dmg Contents

    BootCamp WindowsSupport.dmg Contents of Drivers Folder

  6. Copy them to a usb drive, or a burnable CD. NB, it’s still 660MB or more, so it’s a full CDs worth of burning time.
  7. Done. You can now proceed with Boot Camp assistant Windows installation and boot the Mac in Windows.

If you must do the download in Windows instead OS X, it’s harder. You will need the help on http://www.cafe-encounter.net/p860/opening-a-bootcamp-driver-download-on-windows-7-or-8-with-7-zip to open the pkg file and the dmg file inside it.

BootCamp Direct Download Links

Most of these driver downloads work for both Windows 7 and Windows 8. Windows 8 on 32-bit is not officially supported, but almost everything seems to works on fine on not-officially supported models: the only specific shortcoming I’m aware of is that the screen brightness buttons don’t work on all models.

Model Identifier Size & driver release date Direct Download Link
Macmini6,1
Macmini6,2
MacBookPro10,2
iMac13,1
iMac13,2
438MB, 3 Dec 2012 http://swcdn.apple.com/content/downloads/54/18/041-8805/9tglhtxadqtnrro79rsdy4f0mkgu7wg6or/BootCampESD.pkg
MacBookPro9,1
MacBookPro9,2
1,058MB, 15 June 2012 http://swcdn.apple.com/content/downloads/11/05/041-0925/g27es04pw9re5ggrfp3vuf8ew6r53asfz8/BootCampESD.pkg
MacBookPro10,1
MacBookAir5,1
MacBookAir5,2
942MB, 15 June 2012 hhttp://swcdn.apple.com/content/downloads/55/51/041-3891/se4uhpqng48t842cdsosqh28lft54fmswl/BootCampESD.pkg
MacBookAir4,1
MacBookAir4,2
Macmini5,1
Macmini5,2
Macmini5,3
676MB, 23 May 2012 hhttp://swcdn.apple.com/content/downloads/32/33/041-2303/W5jKtsQhhMgMXs3TKhPDqLXrpXyY2HdXMN/BootCampESD.pkg
MacBook2,1
MacBook3,1
MacBook4,1
MacBook5,1
MacBook5,2
MacBook5,3
MacBook6,1
MacBook7,1
MacBookAir1,1
MacBookAir2,1
MacBookAir3,1
MacBookAir3,2
MacBookPro2,1
MacBookPro2,2
MacBookPro3,1
MacBookPro4,1
MacBookPro5,1
MacBookPro5,2
MacBookPro5,3
MacBookPro5,4
MacBookPro5,5
MacBookPro6,1
MacBookPro6,2
MacBookPro7,1
MacBookPro8,1
MacBookPro8,2
MacBookPro8,3
MacPro1,1
MacPro2,1
MacPro3,1
MacPro4,1
MacPro5,1
Macmini2,1
Macmini3,1
Macmini4,1
iMac5,1
iMac6,1
iMac7,1
iMac8,1
iMac9,1
iMac10,1
iMac11,1
iMac11,2
iMac11,3
iMac12,1
iMac12,2
632MB, 23 May 2012 http://swcdn.apple.com/content/downloads/33/54/041-2011/pRtCDYcWShMLxFggy3TzFzmfnnWQNFQBfJ/BootCampESD.pkg

Finding your ModelIdentifier

If you’re struggling to find your ModelIdentifier then you want the brilliant page at everymac.com which can tell you what model Mac you have based on serial number. On the result page after you submit, look carefully and you’ll the ModelIdentifier.

Still stuck?

If you’re still stuck, then:

  1. Look through the comments for people with similar problems — there have been a couple of hundred so they cover pretty much everything I can suggest.
  2. Try my summary of problems/solutions for direct download of bootcamp drivers

References

See BootCampESD.pkg download instructions for references and for the DIY instructions to work out these links yourself.

364 thoughts on “BootCamp Download Stuck – How to Get Drivers for Macs to run Windows 7 or 8

  1. Nicole

    Your site was an awesome find. I have a 15-inch, mid-2012 MacBook Pro, OS X Lion version 10.8.2, BootCamp version 5.0.1. I needed to install a couple of Windows programs for my classes. Trying to download drivers through BootCamp was a complete waste of several days. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!

    1. Chris F Carroll Post author

      Alas. I think the MacBook1,1 predates Apple’s Win7 support. You should google for download BootCamp 3 drivers or for bootcamp windows xp. I believe that if you can get a copy of a Snow Leopard install disk, that will do it for you.

  2. Mari Lob

    Hi Chris,
    Im having a problem installing this, the package gets installed and creates a new copy of the packaged file. I dont have access to the files inside. What should I do now?
    I also tried using 7-zip on windows 7 and theres nothing to extract after the Payload file.
    Mine is a Macbook5.1

    Thank you,
    Mari

    1. Chris F Carroll Post author

      Hi Mari, I’m a bit unsure what you mean by ‘it creates a new copy of the packaged file’?
      Easiest way is to do the download on OS X. You get a pkg file which when you install it gives you a WindowsSupport.dmg. Then you double click the WindowsSupport.dmg (that’s step 5 above), and that mounts a new disk. On that disk are the Windows drivers. Drag them onto a usb stick, then reboot into windows.

  3. Nii

    I share Nicole’s sentiments. Tried to download the bootcamp drivers. After a week of trying I gave up. Thanks to you and your site I now have windows 8 running on my mac

  4. Maanda

    Hi Chris,

    I’ve installed Windows 7 on my MacBookAir5,2 and i can’t seem to find most of drivers. I’ve also tried downloading drivers for 5,1 but that only works for sound.

    Is there anyway i can get all the drivers for my MacBookAir?

    1. Chris F Carroll Post author

      Hi Maanda, that’s a surprise. Can you double check you got the right link & I’ll check that the links are right?
      If you Mac is quite new, can you get free support from Apple? Walk into an apple store?

  5. Nick Gallegos

    I followed you exactly and then when I get prompted in bootcamps to install drivers all I get is “No device drivers were found.” I have installed the correct drivers several times and still can’t get it to work on my new 13″ Macbook Pro Retina. I’m also using the USB Superdrive with a Windows 7 disc and then I had all the drivers on a jumpdrive

    1. Chris F Carroll Post author

      Hi Nick, I suggest the next step is to use a download manager, in fact I’ve changed the instructions to say this. I’ve added some pictures too – does the picture of the driver disk contents match what you’re seeing at all?

      1. Nick Gallegos

        Chris, Yes I used a download manager the last time when I tried this method and still no luck. The picture of the driver disk contents is exactly what I see

        1. Chris F Carroll Post author

          So what should happen – after you’ve booted into windows – is that you double click the setup.exe and the windows installer launches. So I guess that’s the point where you get the ‘No drivers found’ message?

          Four options I can think of:
          1) Tell me your model number and I’ll check whether your machine is so new that I haven’t got the right link for it yet.
          2) Give up on solving the problem and revert to the brute force approach – take your mac somewhere with really really fast internet and run the standard bootcamp wizard which should work if the internet is stable.
          3) If you machine is new you should be able to phone Apple for free to get help? Or book into an Apple store
          4) Open up the Drivers/Apple folder and run one of the individual installer exe files to see if it works. This would be a painful option because you’d have to guess/work out exactly which installers your machine needs.

          1. Nick Gallegos

            Well for me I have the Windows 7 burned to a disk and I had all the Windows drivers installed on a thumb drive. I will run bootcamp and it lets me choose how much space to partition and then it starts to install windows and then asks to install drivers and won’t find anything on my jump drive even though it is all there

    1. Chris F Carroll Post author

      Let’s try working through the checklist of things that could go wrong then. Can you first reply and post the URL you’re downloading (I know I know it’s the same as on the list on the page but still …) and I can download the identical link and see what I get.
      Also – what download manager are you using? Can you try downloading some other 1GB file and see if it downloads correctly? i.e. download it twice and then from the terminal command line type cmp <download1name> <download2name> Cheers, Chris

  6. Goolam Badroodien

    Thank you so much – had to reinstall Bootcamp partition and was at wits end.

    Macbook 5,2 – I see that it install Bootcamp Version 4.

    PS: Gave me a “system pending restart message” and quit – googled and found out how to go into registry to delete the key during the installation. All appears to be fine now.

  7. Ingo

    Hi,
    just a small question. I have a MacbookPro with OS X Lion 10.7.5 and I’m running an Windows 7 bootcamp on it.. Can you tell me what package I need to download for this? I’ve already tried the MacBookPro10,2 one but it tells me it’s not compatible.. Need some help if you want

    1. Chris F Carroll Post author

      Hi Ingo, it doesn’t matter what version of OS X you have, it only matters what hardware you have. If your Mac says it’s MacBookPro10,2 then that’s the link you need.
      Are you able to post a screenshot or say exactly (1) what the error message is and (2) at what stage (is it in windows?) that you get the error message?

  8. Stephen

    Hi Chris,
    Thanks so much for your site. I was struggling to get these drivers because I am not able to run bootcamp at all since I have a 3TB Fusion drive on a late 2012 iMac.

    I have successfully installed the package and I put the content of the DMG to an USB drive.
    But when I boot on Windows 8 and try to install the bootcamp drivers, I get an error message saying that these programs can’t be run on this computer. I tried various compatibility modes without success. Any advice?

      1. Chris F Carroll Post author

        Hi Stephen, I haven’t seen Windows to Go so I can’t help with that; but the error message may be a 64bit/32 bit thing. To get any further with this, can you say:
        (1) is it 64 or 32 bit Windows you installed (2) What’s your ModelIdentifier (3) Do the contents you copied to the usb drive match the picture of the list of contents in the post?

  9. Mark

    So lucky to have found your site. I lost my Bluetooth Stack afer uninstalling the Apple Broadcom driver because my MS Sculpt Mouse would not connect. The download fixed that. I cannot believe I could not believe it just seems to be unavailable at the Apple Support sites. Only problem is I still cannot get my new Sculpt mouse working and still have an issue with the Intel Controller 3b3b and 3b36 showing issues. The MS Mouse and Keyboar program cannot find device. I have Mountain Lion 10.8.2 installed with Win7 latest on Boot Camp partition. Works fine with my iMac27 so thinking might be something with my MacBook Pro 6,2. Thanks again.

      1. Mark

        Chris thanks will contact them tomorrow it has been a public holiday here in Australia today. It seems the Intel Driver issue is a known problem at the Apple Website and quite a few people are having issues with HP Printers reporting similar problems. I disabled them but that did not work. I am going to also try doing some comparisons with my iMac 27 and see if I can see anything different there. Thanks again.

  10. Milky Mahmud

    Hi Chris F Carroll,

    Good Day!!

    I have a Macbook Air 4.2 and have the Boot Camp assistance 4.0.1. Using this Boot Camp assistance I downloaded the WindowsSupport software. But when I tried to install this setup.exe file I am receiving the error “the version of bootcamp is not intended for this computer model”. Could you please help me out?

    Thanks,

    Milky Mahmud

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