Trouble Installing Boot Camp Drivers for Windows XP

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  1. smzstrasser macrumors newbie

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    I have Mac OS X 10.6.8 with Boot Camp 3.0.4. I successfully installed Windows XP SP3 last night, but I'm having trouble with it. I know that Apple dropped support for Windows XP with OS 10.6.6, but I managed to find the Boot Camp 2.1 drivers here. I downloaded it and saved the .exe file to a usb stick, rebooted Windows, and attempted to run it. No matter what I do, it won't run. I got an error at one point that said I "didn't have permission".

    *sigh*

    I'm using Windows XP because I want to play old, nostalgic computer games that I used to play as a kid, and it's much easier to find upgrades or patches for XP than other OS's.

    Some of the specific problems I'm having:
    -Can't get Windows to find my wireless router.
    -Can't drag and drop, double-click, or right-click.
    -Can't select which OS to boot on startup (it defaults to the last OS used unless I insert the OS X installation disk and hold 'C').
    I'm pretty sure these are driver issues, so I'm just looking for a way to get those drivers installed on my machine.
     
  2. justperry macrumors 604

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    Boot into OSX, click on the .EXE file on the USB, then get info on the EXE file and see what permissions you have, you can click the lock and give permissions to all or add a user, it is also posible to do this in the terminal but it's more complicated.
    I bet this will solve the problem.

    Bold, did you try to hold the Option Key at startup, this will bring you into the boot manager.
     
  3. smzstrasser thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It says I have permission to read and write the .exe file. I'll have to try to Option Key next time I restart.

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    Oh, wait a minute, just saw the little padlock down in the corner. I unlocked it, is this what you were talking about?
     
  4. chrfr macrumors 603

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    Your OS X disc has Boot Camp drivers newer than that 2.1 update you found. The 2.1 update isn't a standalone installer, it requires drivers to already be installed.
    Just put the OS X disc in the computer after Windows starts and you'll see the Boot Camp installer there. After those install, you should run Apple Software Update in Windows, which should find updates to those drivers.
     
  5. smzstrasser thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Okay, I'll give that a try.
     
  6. justperry macrumors 604

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    Yes, but also look at chrfr's post above

    You need the EXE file AND another folder with the drivers.
     
  7. smzstrasser thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Success! This post is coming to you from Windows XP. Thank you for your help!
    By the way justperry, holding down the Option Key during startup also worked. Thanks!
     

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