Is there a direct download link to Boot Camp Drivers for Windows 7?

timidhermit

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Jul 6, 2011
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I am trying to set up Windows 7 using Boot Camp on a MacBook Air 11" 2011 model.

The problem is that Boot Camp Assistant continually failed to complete "downloading" all the drivers required for me to make a CD/DVD that I need to install the missing drivers in Windows 7.

Is there a direct download link to download an ISO of these drivers so that I can just burn a CD/DVD myself without using the Boot Camp Assistant?

I have read somewhere that this driver CD must match EXACTLY your MacBook model or else it would not help. Is this true?

Can someone please help?
 

johnhurley

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Aug 29, 2011
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I am trying to set up Windows 7 using Boot Camp on a MacBook Air 11" 2011 model.

The problem is that Boot Camp Assistant continually failed to complete "downloading" all the drivers required for me to make a CD/DVD that I need to install the missing drivers in Windows 7.

Is there a direct download link to download an ISO of these drivers so that I can just burn a CD/DVD myself without using the Boot Camp Assistant?

I have read somewhere that this driver CD must match EXACTLY your MacBook model or else it would not help. Is this true?

Can someone please help?
I am not aware of an ISO from apple but maybe if you open up a case with apple support you may find something different.

For the macbook air it wants to put this stuff onto a usb flash drive ( which is what I did ) rather than a cd/dvd.

Can you show us some screen shots of exactly how you are proceeding and where the failure is occurring?
 

timidhermit

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Original poster
Jul 6, 2011
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What about just the files then? I noticed from Apple's support pages that previous Boot Camp versions (like 3.2) were posted online which you can just download from a browser instead of using the Assistant. Is there a support page where I could download the latest version, specific to my MacBook air hardware configuration?

I am unsure if the screenshot will be helpful. I simply got a brief message saying that server could not be contacted to finish downloading the drivers. I hit the back button to return to the previous screen and can then try again, but the download never finishes. Rebooting the laptop did not help.


I am not aware of an ISO from apple but maybe if you open up a case with apple support you may find something different.

For the macbook air it wants to put this stuff onto a usb flash drive ( which is what I did ) rather than a cd/dvd.

Can you show us some screen shots of exactly how you are proceeding and where the failure is occurring?
 

johnhurley

macrumors 6502a
Aug 29, 2011
777
55
What about just the files then? I noticed from Apple's support pages that previous Boot Camp versions (like 3.2) were posted online which you can just download from a browser instead of using the Assistant. Is there a support page where I could download the latest version, specific to my MacBook air hardware configuration?

I am unsure if the screenshot will be helpful. I simply got a brief message saying that server could not be contacted to finish downloading the drivers. I hit the back button to return to the previous screen and can then try again, but the download never finishes. Rebooting the laptop did not help.
Sorry dunno about just the files I have not looked for that stuff directly from apple.

I go into bootcamp assistant and it gives me 3 basic options. One is to create a win 7 install disk. Second one is to download the latest windows support software from apple. Third choice ( for me because bootcamp already setup ) is to remove windows 7.

If I select the 2nd option ( download the latest window support software ) then it gives me 2 choices a) burn to cd/dvd and b) save a copy to an external drive.

Do you get both of those options or what do you see exactly?

Are you connected to the internet when doing this and can you get a separate internet screen connected to apple.com while doing this?

On my machine I always have both a wireless connection and a wired ethernet connection active. Having just "one" open should work but depending on machine some people are reporting some wifi issues with Lion ( opinions vary some people think all recent versions of os x have wifi issues periodically ).

Another option is using the caffeine application to keep your computer active while the download is proceeding.

If you are anywhere near an apple store you could perhaps take your machine in and do this at the genius bar?
 
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