Installed Windows 7 on MBA now I need drivers

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Born2bwild, Mar 18, 2012.

  1. Born2bwild macrumors member


    Mar 18, 2012
    Hi guys,

    First post here. I wanted to give my MacBook Air to my girlfriend following my purchase of an iPad 3, and she wanted Windows 7 as the sole OS on the laptop. So I installed it, but I forgot to download the bootcamp drivers. And now the OS is at a very crippled state.

    I was wondering if there's any way I could still get the drivers together (through the bootcamp installer). I tried looking online but I was unsuccessful, and I don't have access to OS X, so I can't simply download them from the assistant.

    For anyone wondering, it's a MBA 2011 13".
  2. Born2bwild thread starter macrumors member


    Mar 18, 2012
  3. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    Do you have OS X on it at all? If not, and if you don't have another Mac, the only other option is to restore OS X and download the boot camp drivers. I would leave OS X on it, even with a minimal installation, since it is the only way to download firmware updates.
  4. Born2bwild thread starter macrumors member


    Mar 18, 2012
    Well, I don't have OS X anymore, and I don't want to resort to restoring for now...

    Is there any chance someone would be kind enough to upload the drivers and link them to me?
  5. gentlefury macrumors 68030

    Jul 21, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    In OSX start up boot camp assistant and it will have an option to download the drivers you need. Download them to a disk that windows can read. That will get you started. Now if you want to use the graphics potential you will have to go to intel's site and download the latest intel 3000 graphics drivers (only a couple months old and DRAMATICALLY improves performance!!)

    But yes, you must install Boot Camp in windows in order to use everything properly.
  6. Beanoir macrumors 6502a


    Dec 9, 2010
    51 degrees North

    Your new freinds ;)
  7. adddictedtomac macrumors regular

    Mar 8, 2012
    Just in case you did not know, when you install bootcamp on Mac OS X, you can set your computer to startup either on Mac OS X or Windows. Its always nice to have two operating systems on a computer, you will be surprised how many times it can help you out in case there is a problem.
  8. summitRun macrumors regular

    Aug 28, 2011
    Just pop in to an Apple retail store or local Best Buy with your own flash drive and download the drivers from a wi-fi connected MBA...
  9. LordVic macrumors 601

    Sep 7, 2011
    did you install Windows via Bootcamp?

    if you did and had bootcamp create your USB key / CD, it would have put bootcamp installer, that caintains all the necessary drivers right on the CD / USB. I can't remember the directory name off the top of my head though (I just did it last night too)

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