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. Alex

    Per today 041-4776 is no longer listed in the index sucatalog, probably deleted because covered in 041-2011 ? But still doesn’t answer my question why MacBookAir3,1 and MacBookAir3,2 which are in 041-4775 are also covered in 041-2011.

    Or 041-2011 should cover 041-4776 and 041-4775 ?

  2. Neil

    You are the fuckin man dude, this was a lifesaver. Kept getting the wrong pkg and finally got a working one from this. Why would Apple make it so difficult? Really annoying, but thanks again.

  3. morvarid

    hi again
    i just dl the link and i installed it on my mac , so then i brought that into my windows but i can’t open it , it’s DMG file so how can i open it ?
    thnx

  4. Bill Taylor

    just wanted to thank you for doing what Apple should be doing for us. I have the latest macbook pro, I7 etc., expensive laptop and when I want to bootcamp it as Apple says it should be able to do, they don’t supply the stuff to do it with. That’s sad, what isn’t sad is you stepped up. Thanks!

  5. Gary Day

    Chris,

    Thx for this, it sucks big time that apple can’t get off their ass to do this; the bootcamp file regularlly fails to burn to a CD/DVD so this *really* helps.

    Cheers

    Gary

  6. Mi

    Thx Man,,
    Apple bootcamp it’s suck,,
    it’s not like Im apple fan’s, My father gave me this mac base laptop.
    I think microsoft more competent to solved trouble.

    Anyway Great link Man my Fortune smile on you

  7. sridharan

    Pls Clearly tell me the number for
    15 inch Macbook Pro Retina 512GB SSD model
    13 Inch Macbook Air 256GB SSD model

    Coz U mentioned 9,1 9,2 is Mid 2012 And 10,1 is Late 2012 Macbook Pro Retina’s.
    Pls Help Me Exactly what i need to Download.

    1. Chris F Carroll Post author

      Hi Sriidharan, there are several versions of each of the Macs you mention, so the only way to know which download you need, is to find out your *Model Identifier*. The easiest way to do this is to follow the instructions above. If you find them difficult to follow, perhaps ask a friend to read the instructions and see if they can help? cheers Chris

  8. Zeke63

    lol i contacted apple directly and the senior advisor said they currently are doing nothing to solve the problem, it even has afflicted him personally on his mac at home, guess they want to make it hard to use their competitor.

  9. Yohanes

    hi i had downloadewd the file. My model is macbookpro 7,1 so i download this link http://swcdn.apple.com/content/downloads/33/54/041-2011/pRtCDYcWShMLxFggy3TzFzmfnnWQNFQBfJ/BootCampESD.pkg

    but when i try to install the file it said the installation failed. the installer encountered an error that caused the installation to fail. contact the software manufacturer for assistance.

    please i really need your help.. it makes me desperate.
    sorry if my english is not good. hehe.. thanks a lot..

    1. Chris F Carroll Post author

      Hi Yohanes, Is that an error message in OS X when you open the .pkg file, or an error message in Windows when you run the setup program? If it’s an error in the pkg file, try re-downloading again — try using a download manager such as iGetter if you have a poor internet connection.

        1. Daniel

          I’m having the same issue: I downloaded (twice) the correct files for my 15″ Retina Pro (MacBookPro10,1) and every time I try to install the pkg, I get an error stating install could not be completed. Yes, I am installing in OS X and onto my internal HDD. Suggestions?

          1. Daniel

            Actually I may have answered my own question. I used Pacifist to open and verify the file, and it reported that some checksums didn’t match. I’m guessing the file has been recently updated or something, but anyway this was causing the installation to fail. I went ahead and extracted the pkg to my HDD through Pacifist and expect everything should work alright.

  10. morvarid

    hi
    sorry for asking again
    i just downloaded it and installed it i run the 32bit.exe as like as my windows
    and then finished what should i do right know?
    nothing happends…

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