Opening a BootCamp Drivers download or other pkg or dmg file on Windows 7 or 8 with 7-Zip

If you’ve downloaded bootcamp drivers for Macs to run Windows 7 or 8, but have done the download in Windows, you may be stuck on how to open the downloaded BootCampESD.pkg file you’ve now got.

The answer is to get a copy of 7-zip, which is free, and which is your ‘Swiss army knife’ to open the Apple .pkg and .dmg files and the ISO file inside.

  1. Launch 7-zip
  2. In 7-zip, open the BootCampESD.pkg. Inside you’ll find a Payload file and a few other files. Double click the Payload file.
  3. Inside is a folder, which you double click. Inside that another folder, which you double click. Inside that … just keep clicking down the levels of nested folders.
  4. Eventually, several levels down, you’ll get to a file called 0.Apple_ISO or some such.
  5. Now, extract this o.Apple_ISO to the desktop (or somewhere) and rename it to Apple.ISO.
  6. Now, either: Mount it by double clicking it—should work in Windows 7—or else by getting hold of PowerISO or similar; OR use 7-zip again to open this ISO file, and extract the contents to a folder.
  7. These are you driver installers. Create an empty folder on your desktop, and drag them out into it.
  8. Finally, open the folder you just created, and run the setup.exe

95 thoughts on “Opening a BootCamp Drivers download or other pkg or dmg file on Windows 7 or 8 with 7-Zip

  1. Heather

    “Opening a BootCamp driver download or other pkg or dmg file on Windows 7 or 8
    with 7-Zip | Chris F Carroll” was a fantastic post
    and I actually was very glad to find the article. Thanks a lot,Amos

    Reply
  2. dshyryayev

    Looks like for new MacBookPro11,1 this is doesn’t work:
    I probably need to get the latest drivers from some other pkg file, because this one
    BootCampESD.pk
    doesn’t contains the latest drivers.

    Reply
  3. deepak

    hello friends please help me out of it,

    I INSTALLED MY WINDOWS 7 IN MACH BOOK PRO 9.2 2012 NOW I WANT TO INSTALL THE DRIVERS FOR MY MAC BOOK PRO FROM WHERE I CAN DOWNLOAD THE DRIVERS FOR MY WINDOWS 7 OS ON MAC BOOK PLEASE GIVE ME THE DETAILS.

    [email protected]

    Reply

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