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Old Apr 19, 2013, 09:38 AM   #1
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[guide] manually save windows support software after bootcamp errors (please read)

Hello all,

So, I haven't seen this solution anywhere after tons of searching, so I'm going to go ahead and put it up.

As many of you probably know, a LOT of people encounter errors when trying to download/save Windows Support Files via Bootcamp Assistant. I, like many others, got the infamous "Windows Support Software Could Not be Saved" error, and therefore, could not get the full potential out of my Mac while running Windows. But as long as you keep Bootcamp Assistant OPEN after you receive an error, You can manually save the Support Software to your Hard drive or USB Drive.

Step 1: Launch Bootcamp, and select the option to download Windows Support Software.

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Step 2: After you receive the error message, do NOT close out Bootcamp ! Open up disk utility. You'll notice a mounted image on the lower left hand side of the disk utility titled "WindowsSupport.dmg" or something similar.

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Step 3: Click the image once, highlighting it. Look for the "Disk Image Path" on the bottom of Disk Utility.

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Step 4: Open Finder, and on the top nav bar on your mac, click "Go". Scroll down to the bottom, and click "Go To Folder"

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Step 5: Enter the "Disk Image Path" you saw earlier in Disk utility. Mine was located at /Library/Application Support/Bootcamp, yours is probably the same.

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( Unfortunately, 5 images is the max so the rest is up to you ): )

Step 6: You should see the WindowsSupport.dmg file right there, drag it over to a USB or other removable disk.

Step 7: You'll need some software that can extract the .dmg, because you cannot mount it here. I recommend PowerISO in windows, a free trial software. Just open up PowerISO, hit open, and find the .dmg file.

Step 8: Extract the .dmg file, and then copy it back to any removable media.

Step 9: Boot into your Windows Partition you created in bootcamp, ( Windows must already be installed ) and open up the "setup.exe" you extracted earlier, and there you have it ! Proceed with installation, and now all of your hardware should work!

If you have any questions about this, or get lost, don't be afraid to ask for help! I will gladly assist you (: I will be making a YouTube video on how to do this since I haven't seen it anywhere else.
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Old Apr 27, 2013, 12:42 AM   #2
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Smile Thanks ... and one more thing ...

Thanks a ton for this.
I am a new MAC user, have been Windows user all my life.

I had few issues, and I thought I would add something to it.

Most of my USB drives are NTFS formatted.
So I was using them to extract Windows Support Software. Needless to say I did not knew that NTFS can be read, but not written by Mac OS X.
After trying for couple of days (few times I day) I finally found an advise on Yahoo! Answers, which mentioned that.

I formatted the USB to FAT32 ... voila ... It ran.
I am installing Windows 7 Ultimate Edition as we speak.

Once again. Thanks for this quick short and elegant guide.
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Old Jun 30, 2013, 10:02 PM   #3
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Format your USB using MS-DOS (FAT16) it will work
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