Is there anyway to install Windows 7 in boot camp without blank disc or external d?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Alpha male, May 14, 2012.

  1. Alpha male, May 14, 2012
    Last edited: May 14, 2012

    Alpha male macrumors newbie

    Jul 21, 2011

    I recently purchased a late-2011 17" MBP and decided to install windows 7. However, because I don't have any blank discs or external hard drives with me, I had to install Windows 7 and then install boot camp drivers in Windows with my 10.6 Snow Leopard disc (that came with my late-2009 iMac).

    However, even though I installed those drivers, the drivers don't seem to be working because the ethernet, wireless, those fn keys, and 1920x1200 resolution doesnt work.

    Can I download the new drivers via Boot Camp into my iPhone, and then install them on to my Windows?

    Or can I just download the new drivers onto my windows partition, boot into windows, and then install them?

    Why does Apple have to make this so complicated? Back then when I installed Windows 7 onto my SL with the mac osx disc, it was very smooth and easy. :(

  2. pdjudd macrumors 601

    Jun 19, 2007
    Plymouth, MN
    You are using boot camp drivers from an old version of OSX - that's why you were having problems. You can just download the correct drivers onto a USB thumb drive and boot into windows and install it. Either that or use a blank CD/DVD
  3. Quad5Ny macrumors 6502a


    Sep 13, 2009
    New York, USA
    Who the heck downvoted pdjudd? His answer was correct.

    Alpha male, all you need is a Thumbdrive, CD, DVD or whatever. Run the Boot Camp Assistant and then copy the drivers over to it. You could try using your iPhone, but unless its jailbroken I don't think it supports copying files (USB mass storage mode).
  4. Alpha male thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 21, 2011
    Did none of you read the topic title at all?

    I said installing windows 7 without using a blank disc or an external drive.

    Anyways, I successfully did it by downloading boot camp drivers in OSX and moved them over to the Windows partition in Windows and installed, without using a blank disc or external hard drive in the entire process.

    Next time open your eyes.
  5. goldhunter macrumors newbie

    Aug 14, 2012
    Could you kindly tell me how you did it, because i'm struggling to find a way to install windows 8 on bootcamp since i don't have a blank disc nor a external HD.

    Thanks in advance.

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