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. scottie

    wow, its amazing at how many people don’t read what you wrote for instructions…
    its pretty simple to understand,,,, maybe they should figure it out before asking you stupid questions. cheers and kudos on the kickass pkg.

  2. Naser Karimi

    Many thanks for your kindly cooperation about it. exactly it help us.
    For find boot camp I think when pigs fly maybe I’ll reach it but here I found it.
    Adios

  3. Francisco

    Hi! I still dont understand. I really don’t know a lot about computers. Could someone please explain, what do i do after downloading it? I have my FAT formatted usb but then i open it in windows and it doesnt do much with the .dmg file?

    How do i run bootcamp from windows?

  4. ted johnson

    I followed all the steps. I just wonder about the last step. Do I copy the whole image including the ‘bootcamp’ folder. Or do I open that folder and drag the individual files to my thumbdrive? Thanks for the help. I gave up on the apple site for a download via bootcamp.

    1. Chris F Carroll Post author

      Copy across the whole folder . The important thing is that you got past step 5, and have doubled clicked the dmg file. Whatever you find inside there is Windows readable, so you can drag the whole things across and then boot into Windows

  5. NMTheo

    You have no idea how happy this guide made me. After hours of going from one thread to another trying to figure out how to get bootcamp to work, this is the one thing I wanted to see.

    Just… Thank you.

  6. Bob Dole

    Chris,
    I’m probably repeating a good number of these comments but I you should know this saved me a much longer headache than I began having. Why this wasn’t included on Apple’s website for us fellow Snow Leopard users is beyond me. A simple download from Apple with the install exe would have done the job so easily but I guess they don’t want us jumping sides so quickly.
    Friggin ‘a. Thanks again.
    Cheers.

  7. Jack

    So umm.. I’m confused. I just download my designated one, burn it to a DVD, open windows, and install? Because when I did this last time it just installed something called CD sharing or something. Help PLEASE

  8. Jerry Carlson

    Chris,

    I did everything right I think.. got the files (bout 1 GB) on a USB when opening windows. Running the setup.exe.. it stops at some graphic installation… it stands still,
    says I should get a fresh version of the files since they are corrupt. Any clue what this is? Thanks in advance!

  9. Mike

    Chris,

    Thanks for the links. I have been looking for a way to copy the appropriate Bootcamp drivers for my mid-2010 15″ MacBook Pro (6,2) with the Core i5 2.53GHz processor and nvidia GeForce GT 330m GPU in a USB stick and back them up to my online cloud storage for preservation purposes.

    One quick question, do these Bootcamp drivers work on a Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit installation (the version of Windows 7 I bought)?; or these are for 32-bit Windows 7 only?

    Thanks for your time and I can’t thank you enough for the links!

    1. Chris F Carroll Post author

      Hi Mike, I haven’t checked all the downloads, but some of them contain both 32 and 64 bit drivers. The one for my machine had a folder containing a windows ‘master’ installer and a load of subdirectories with installers for each piece of hardware. Some of these subdirectories contained both 32 and 64 bit drivers.

  10. Chris Hurrey

    I downloaded all of the windows installer files and copied them onto a flash drive, but windows still says that it cant find any drivers.

  11. Mauricio Garcia

    I’m having trouble downloading the boot camp.
    Is it normal that the download starts fast (normal) and starts going down?
    The first time I started downloading it, was going at 600kb/s and 15 minutes later went going down to 150kb/s gradualy.
    It neve finished and appeared a msg of “download request time out” or something like that

    1. Chris F Carroll Post author

      Sadly it’s normal. Which is the reason for this page — if you can work out what your ModelIdentifier is you can do the download directly which seems to work better than the BootCamp Assistant Download. If you have trouble with the direct links, use a download manager such as igetter.net

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