I'm setting up my MacBook Air for a Windows-only boot setup. This was easy enough. It already had rEFIt on it, I just connected a Windows 7 boot thumb drive, and away I went. However, it seems Apple does not let you download Bootcamp drivers outside of their assistant tool.
Reinstalling OS X just for the drivers is ridiculous. This laptop no longer has OS X on it at all. How do I get the required drivers? I cannot find them anywhere on Apple's support pages. Every other manufacturer has their drivers available for download. How do I download the Windows drivers for my 2010 MacBook Air without the BootCamp Assistant?
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Yes, It is possible to download the Bootcamp drivers outside of the Bootcamp tool: Updated: • will make your life so much easier, go there first • For Windows 7 through 10, Apple have published a table of 'which download you need for which model'. Win 7 download might work for Vista. • For WinXP, see robmathers' answer. • The hard way which follows here, taken from is your fallback if you want or need to work it from scratch. • Download from Apple the file.
Don’t double-click it. • Open the index-lion-snowleopard-leopard.merged-1.sucatalog file in a text editor or word processor. • Search for each occurrence — as at August 2012 there were 6 — of BootCampESD.pkg. For instance, the one I needed is • Notice in each such URL, the /041-2011/ or similar /041-XXXXX/ bit of it.
• Below each such occurrence, notice the URL for a file with the same 041-XXXXX in it and ending in English.dist, e.g. 041-2011.English.dist • Paste the URL for each such English.dist file into your browser and open that url. Here’s a list of them: • • • • • • • Search for the Model Identifier for your Mac. For instance MacBookPro5,2 or Macmini4,1.
I have written a tool that helps me deploy Boot Camp in an organization where we manage a dual-boot lab environment, and one of its features is that it can download the driver package for arbitrary models: Either git clone or download an archive of the repo, then within the root of the repo (using an iMac15,1 here as an example):./brigadier --model iMac15,1 The --model option can be omitted and it will download the latest version for the current model. In cases where multiple installers exist on Apple's software update server, you specify an alternate package. It runs on both OS X and Windows. For Windows I provide a compiled exe so that a Python installation isn't required.