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HOWTO: Download Boot Camp 4.0

January 24th, 2012 Oren 7 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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