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HOWTO: Download Boot Camp 4.0

January 24th, 2012 Oren Leave a comment Go to comments

I recently (this afternoon) found myself having to install Windows 7 on a large number of mac mini’s, without an OS X installation CD. Downloading the software through Boot Camp assistant didn’t seem to work eitherso I went ahead and installed Windows anyway while hunting for a way to get at the drivers without a CD.

Turns out this isn’t the easiest thing in the world. The only downloads on Apple’s site are updates, and not Boot Camp itself. Some further digging turned up this post which points towards an Apple update catalog. Once you have that, getting the Windows software is easy:

  1. Grab a copy of 7-zip
  2. Search through the catalog for product 041-0694
  3. Download the pkg file (it’s around 600mb)
  4. Extract the pkg file with 7-zip
  5. Here’s the fun part – keep extracting the largest files as you go (Payload, ¬†WindowsSupport.dmg etc) until you hit 0.APPLE_ISO
  6. Rename 0.APPLE_ISO to 0.iso and extract that with 7-zip and run setup.exe
    1. Alternatively you can simply burn the iso file onto a CD

Good Luck!

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  1. yair jacobi
    April 23rd, 2012 at 07:11 | #1

    dude!

  2. Ra
    June 16th, 2012 at 06:46 | #2

    The file cannot be opened in Windows. Kindly upload a file which can be opened in Windows 7

  3. dissident_penguin
    June 23rd, 2012 at 09:39 | #3

    @Ra
    You can open it with any text editor and use text search. I recommend Notepad++ since it will open a smaller window listing all the appearances of your search string in the file, and if you double-click them it takes you directly to the occurrence in the file. Copy and paste the link in between the tags.

    At the time of this post, version 041-0694 was no longer available. What I did was picking the one that starts with 041-0 (in this case 041-0925).

    Hope this helps.
    DP

  4. Sh
    July 10th, 2012 at 03:10 | #4

    Hey, Thanks for the Post, really Useful. Just one thing, instead of downloading the whole BootCampESD.pkg file, could you please upload and post us all a link to the actual apple ISO file? Please sir do that. Thanks.

  5. July 10th, 2012 at 23:10 | #5

    @Sh
    Unfortunately that’s not possible due to copyright issues, hence the convoluted process. Good Luck!

  6. Markus
    October 14th, 2012 at 12:15 | #6

    Hmm, it doesn’t seem to be part of the catalog anymore? Can’t find the specified ID. :( Thanks, though!

  7. Markus
    October 14th, 2012 at 12:19 | #7

    And now I see you posted a new ID, 041-0925. Found it. Thanks again! :)

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