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. Joe

    Hi Chris F Carroll,

    I put the boot camp folder on my USB EXTERNAL HARDRIVE , but I couldn’t find my hardrive when I then started Windows again, what should I do now ??? PLZ reply ASAP!!!

  2. rosey

    Hi,
    i’ve downloaded the proper drivers for my computer, but when i open the package i get an error when trying install it on my desktop folder. It says “The installer encountered an error that caused the installation to fail.” please assist me!

  3. Jeff

    Hey,

    Thank you so much for this. I just have a small question. I did mount the Windowssupport.dmg file. And everything that you explained did come about. Now I want to burn this into my DVD. My question is do I burn the WindowsSupport.DMG into the DVD, or do I just burn just the drivers individually, because there is some other pdf files there too. If I do have to burn just the drivers individually, then how do I do that into a DVD ( I dont think I can just copy/paste it). I am not too sure how it works, so sorry for this silly question. Otherwise, this has been really helpful.

    Cheers

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    1. Admin

      Yep, that would be the one.
      I can’t help you with OSX download I’m afraid but are you sure you need to do that? If you’ve got a 2012 Mac I’m pretty sure that the recovery partition is on your hard disk and if you hold the Alt key down when the system starts up you’ll see the recovery partition is shown (usually it’s hidden).
      I can see the case for having a recovery partition on a separate physical disk, but a time machine backup to an external disk would deal with that?

    1. Admin

      Hi Daniel, .exe files only work on Windows not on a Mac or on Unix machines. You need to look for the Mac versions of programs you want to use. For instance if you search the internet for ‘Office for Mac’ you’ll get links for MAc versions. Hope that helps,
      Chris

  5. Ted

    I have a MacBookPro10,1 – the file I downloaded doesn’t contain a “setup.exe”. It does however, contain a “ssetup.exe” and two more executables called “si32.exe” and “si64.exe”.

    I originally downloaded the wrong .pkg file (for the MacBookPro10,2) which had a “setup.exe” file. However, it said it was for another MacBook Pro model when I ran it.

    I’m running Windows 8 only – no OS/X.

    Isn’t it kind of ridiculous that it’s supposed to be this difficult to get the latest Boot Camp drivers? Shame on you, Apple… :/

    1. Admin

      Alas. It is. If you have moment to do a screen shot of the file contents though, I can link to it or add it to the post to show the slight variations of what you get. I take it you tried double clicking one or more of the exe files and one of them worked?

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  8. Genji amido

    hi ,
    m using mac book 7,1 i have downloaded the driver package, i had a problem before as i lost ma install disk for OSX, n when i installed windows , i needed it . does this package mean that it has the drivers that were suppose to be on the application install disk? just wanna know. pls reply asap.

    thanks.

  9. Anmol

    Hi
    I have Macbook pro early 2011
    I was trying to install windows 7 on my mac-book after it finished partition it asked for drivers and I don’t have any drivers..
    Would you please tell me which drivers and from where should i download from ?

    Thanks

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