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

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

    Alpha male macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    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. :(

    Thanks!
     
  2. pdjudd macrumors 601

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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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