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So Apple is no longer supporting Boot Camp with 10.7?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Xenomorph, Jul 24, 2011.

  1. macrumors 65816

    MacBook Pro

    Clean install of Mac OS X 10.7, clean install of Windows 7 x86.

    From within Mac OS X, when I go to download Boot Camp drivers, Boot Camp Assistant gives this error message:

    Can't install Windows Support Software because it is not currently available from the Software Update server.

    From within Windows, Apple Software Update lists no Boot Camp Software.

    From the Mac OS X 10.7 installation media, there are no Windows driver bundles like in previous Mac OS X versions.

    So if Apple Software Update doesn't download anything, Boot Camp Assistant doesn't download anything, and there is nothing to install if you have a 10.7 DVD, how are you supposed to install drivers under Windows?
  2. macrumors G4

    I purchased a new MacBook Air this week, and Boot Camp assistant downloaded the BootCamp 4.0 drivers for Windows 7. I'd suggest trying again. Perhaps the drivers aren't up yet. Did you try your old BootCamp 3.2 drivers?
  3. macrumors 65816

    I was able to install the Boot Camp drivers from a 10.6/Snow Leopard disc.

    This is an older MacBook Pro @ 2.16 GHz, and Boot Camp Assistant has never been able to download drivers.
  4. macrumors newbie

    Maybe try again later? Apple's servers could have been busy.
    You can download them yourself from here on the right of the page: http://www.apple.com/support/bootcamp/

    I'm pretty sure although they say update that they'll install by themselves.

    ? Well it does now. Screen Shot 2011-07-25 at 7.00.50 PM.png
    Has for a while I think? Maybe version 3.
  5. macrumors newbie

    Wish I realised that it was downloading when boot camp assistant said "formatting disk" for several hours... with me thinking, hang on a minute the disk is already formatted (thought these mac things were supposed to be intuitive). Better yet it would have been good to be able to download the drivers manually from somewhere without using boot camp 4.0 at all, because unfortunately there is isn't a 4.0 set of drivers on the link you gave. In fact the most recent are 3.2, which after spending ages downloading, asked me to "upgrade" to 3.1 when trying to install it in Windows. Very poor experience for a new mac user.
  6. macrumors regular


    I've tried to download the drivers through Boot Camp Assistent (Lion) three times. It takes forever and I had problems. I couldn't finish the process. It's very frustrating. I think I will try to download the "old" version (3.2), create the partition, install Windows 7 with the old drivers and then try to update them. Does anybody have a better idea/solution?

  7. macrumors 68030

    whenever I install boot camp I just go on apple.com and download the latest version (or the 3 latest versions last time since I was starting from SL and it made me install all 3 incrementally...lol)
  8. macrumors newbie

    What URL? Downloads link off .../support/bootcamp says "No results found." Typed "bootcamp" in search box, got a couple dozen v3.x EXE files labeled "Update for...," is that it? I'm newbie but expected a Mac installer.

    BTW, tried using Bootcamp Assistant in SL 10.6.8 Utilities folder but it complains that I don't have at least 10GB of free space for the partition even though Get Info reports over 40GB free on the internal drive.

    Objective: Simply want to use the Windows-only Parrot Bluetooth Config software to setup my hands free device over BT. Wanted to do this using Parallels Desktop, their instructions say "First, install bootcamp." Maybe it would be easier to get a PC? :p
  9. macrumors 65816

    This past weekend I just installed Win 7 in bootcamp and it downloaded the drivers and burned a CD for me with them on it. Worked just fine. You are doing something wrong.

  10. macrumors member

    I've been trying to download the support software and it's been taking forever to download. I have already installed Windows 7 64 Ultimate but it has no network adapter and the screen is not as clear as it should be. I have already installed all the bootcamp updates, I just need some drivers.
  11. SoCalMac, Jul 27, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2011

    macrumors newbie

    Success story & closure to my earlier post.

    Short of a full blown Boot camp installation, I used my Snow Leopard (SL) DVD without updates and got Bluetooth working in WinXP using the Bootcamp drivers under Parallels since Bootcamp Ass't (luckily) reported I had insufficient space for another partition. Admittedly this is not a Bootcamp solution but is proves the older drivers on the DVD work fine with SL 10.6.8.

    Steps: Inserting the SL DVD mounts "Mac OS X Install DVD" along with a "Windows Support" volume. Open the mounted Windows Support volume. Navigate to /Boot Camp/Drivers/Apple; copy "AppleBluetoothInstaller.exe" and "AppleBluetoothEnablerInstaller.exe" to a location that Windows can access. Start WinXP, run AppleBluetoothInstaller.exe, then AppleBluetoothEnablerInstaller.exe; they both reported success at the end of their quick installation. Briefly at this point in Windows Device Manager a few new broken/unknown devices appear but it resolves itself as Windows finishes detecting and configuring things. Bootcamp users might be done at this point. Immediately thereafter in Parallels' menu I selected Devices->USB->Apple Bluetooth USB Host Controller. Not sure if it was that action or just latency with the Win installer but at that point Window started through the usual "Found new hardware..." process with balloons in its System Tray reporting progress (unattended) until it finally reported "Your new hardware is installed but there were problems." However, a second later within the Device Manager window I had open it did more shuffling and before my eyes the broken new components in Device Manager moved to become a new category off the trunk named Bluetooth Radios, with children "Apple Buit-in Bluetooth" and "Microsoft Bluethooth Enumerator." No broken devices, after which Bluetooth works flawlessly in WinXP.

    In the case of using a virtual machine on the Mac, when WinXP is running the Bluetooth status icon in Finder's menu bar changes appearance; clicking on it displays "Bluetooth: Not Available" while WinXP is running. I successfully ran the Windows mObridge Config Update Wizard and configured my car's ABT2010-MBZ-F bluetooth hands free device (a great product by the way) wirelessly via bluetooth. Joy!

    Hopefully this provides some details and hope to anyone aiming to use Bluetooth purely in Bootcamp w/ Lion. I plan to upgrade soon and will report if bluetooth still works afterwards. My system is a MacBook Pro 2,2 with 2.33 GHz Core 2 Duo.

    UPDATE - BLUETOOTH NOT WORKING IN LION: Testing with a VM and not actual Boot Camp but found that the above configuration using Boot Camp drivers from the Snow Leopard 10.6 DVD DOES NOT FUNCTION with the Lion OS X 10.7 initial download and with the mandatory Parallels 6 "sidegrade" to 6.0.12094. It breaks the Mac's bluetooth with such toxicity that, after attempting to attach bluetooth to the VM using Parallels' Devices menu, even following a clean shutdown of the "bluetoothless" Windows OS, bluetooth for the Mac no longer appears in the Mac System Preferences and Mac OS displays a dialog that no bluetooth hardware is present! Requires a hard reboot to restore bluetooth presence to the Mac System Preferences. Re-attaching the "bluetoothless" Windows drive image to a Mac running Snow Leopard 10.6.8 and bluetooth againt works flawlessly in Windows XP. So for now, this confirms bluetooth dirvers from the Snow Leopard DVD Boot Camp package work only with Snow Leopard, and not Lion, as described here.
  12. macrumors 65816

    Yes, obviously I am doing something wrong.

    It's not just me.

    It's like having one huge button that says "GO". I click it, it tells me it can't download anything. Not a lot of room for error there.
  13. macrumors newbie

    can't download support software

    when I try I get msg saying I'm not connected to the internet! (see pic) :(

    Attached Files:

  14. Moderator


    Staff Member

  15. macrumors P6


    If apple was no longer supporting bootcamp, then the clean install would not give you the bootcamp assistant.
  16. Moderator


    Staff Member

    The download has been broken for some since they went back to it in some versions of 10.6 MONTHS ago. I'm not holding my breath waiting for them to fix it. I don't get why it doesn't work.

  17. MJL
    macrumors 6502a

    it is a shame that the link for the manual download has been removed....
  18. macrumors 6502a

    I downloaded and burned the "Windows support software" to a DVD just this afternoon. This allowed me to upgrade my bootcamp software on Windows to version 4.0 from 3.2.
  19. MJL
    macrumors 6502a

    Do you have a link? Thanks.
  20. Moderator


    Staff Member

    You have to get the latest version of SUCatalog (I updated the link) and get the URL of BootCampESD.* from that.

  21. nizmoz, Aug 6, 2011
    Last edited by a moderator: Aug 6, 2011

    macrumors 65816

    It worked for me like I mentioned before.
  22. kis
    macrumors 6502a

    I installed Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit today on a 2011 MBA and it worked. Had to do it twice - the first time around something was wrong and Windows wouldn't install on the Partition Bootcamp had created for it.

    2nd time it worked like a charm - downloading the drivers also worked without a hitch.

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