UPDATE: Though this post was written for Windows 7, I recently installed Windows 8 on my Macbook Air using the same steps and it worked effortlessly.
This post concerns a very small niche – people who have Mac machines (Mac Air) in my case and would like to install Windows 7 on it.
I was able to do this successfully using the boot camp assistant – but got stuck up majorly while trying to install the Windows 7 support drivers for Display, sound, wireless etc.
After a lot of digging, I finally found it – so wanted to share it here – so that others searching could benefit from it.
As far as installing Windows 7 goes, it is fairly easy and has been covered at many places.
However, what has happened with Boot Camp 4 (found on Lion) is that the drivers for Windows 7 have to be downloaded and it takes forever to do it.
Most of the times the download gets stuck or fails – and you need to start all over again. (It is an extremely frustrating experience this).
The download is actually a 700 Meg file – which is why it takes so much time.
The direct link is not available anywhere and you need to use the Boot Camp wizard only to do so.
Until now …
How to download Boot Camp 4 Windows 7 drivers without using Boot Camp Assistant
- Head over to:
- You will see an XML file with a lot of stuff that you do not understand. Ignore this.
- Using the Search functionality on your browser (CMD + F or CTRL + F), search for this: BootCampESD.pkg
- You may get more than one entry – when I searched, I got 2 entries.
- I got the following 2 entries on searching:
- What you need to do is to copy paste the URL between the tags and download that pkg file.
I downloaded the latter one because it seemed to me to be more recent.Notice the (041-0707):
- Ok. So download it – its about 700 Megs and if you are in India (like me) – it will take about 20 – 30 mins for it to complete.
- Double click on the pkg file and it will install (basically unzip) files at a place of your choosing.
- Once this has been done, you need to go to that folder using Finder and go into: Library\Application Support\BootCamp
and then double click on the: WindowsSupport.dmg file.
- This will the mount a virtual drive on your system.
Open Finder and click on: Boot Camp under the DEVICES section.
- Copy paste all the files on a USB pen drive.
- Reboot into Windows 7 (if you have already installed it)
- Double click on Setup.exe
- Wait for a couple of minutes – and you’re done!
Hopefully this helps someone else save time.
Let me know in the comments below if this helped you!
PS: Credit to this workaround goes to this post:
Which I was able to come across after days of searching.
Thanks to Chris in the comments below, the latest package (as of 23-July-2012) is available at: