Cannot Install Windows Via Boot Camp Without Downloading Windows Support Software. Any workaround?

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  1. MRxROBOT macrumors 6502

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    I want to reinstall Windows via Boot camp. I have the latest Boot camp drivers saved from a previous install but the assistant will not let me move forward without re downloading all of it.

    The Problem. I'm away form home and my broadband connection. The hotel I'm at has limited bandwidth to 30 KB/s and my mobile connection keeps dropping out which causes the whole process to start all over again. So I'm stuck at an endless loop.

    I have the 2015 15" MacBook Pro and for some asinine reason Apple has removed the option to install Windows without downloading the support software first on all newer Macs.

    Is there any way to force macOS to create the Boot Camp partition without re-downloading the support software?

    Surely there must be a workaround for environments with more than a few macs. It certainly wouldn't make sense having to re-download the same support software package onto a dozen macs in an office.

    Appreciate any help.
     
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  3. jucardix macrumors newbie

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    Hi, I was running into the same issue, if you copied the `WindowsSupport` folder somewhere as a backup, you just need to plug in a USB drive formatted as FAT32 and copy the contents of `WindowsSupport` into the root, so bootcamp can detect the Windows Support software is stored in a USB drive so downloading it won't be necessary
     

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