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Mar 12, 2016  Installing Windows on a Mac should be a piece of cake with Bootcamp, but that rarely is the case. In fact, I would personally say that Boot Camp Assistant is one of the worst apps that comes with OS X and unlike the rest, it doesn’t work seamlessly. Jan 26, 2012  I am trying to install windows on my mac via bootcamp, and it says I need to download Windows Support Software. I tried, but it says 'Download cannot continue. The Windows Support Software is not available.' Can someone tell me what the problem is? Software Download Home; Office. Office 2010; Office for Mac 2011.

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I have a 13' MacBook Pro 2.3 GHz with 320 GB HDD, 4 GB RAM and Mac OS X Lion. Recently I installed Windows 7 Ultimate on my MBP with Boot Camp. After installing, I tried to download the windows support software for mac, but it is not downloading, and is showing an error. So, is there any way to overcome this problem? I can't even Right-Click without the support software! If you suggest so, then I could use an external link, if there is any. Also, can I install Win8 Consumer Preview on my MBP?

Oh, and also, can I rename the windows partition (which is currently named 'Untitled') as I am not able to rename it by <right-click+get info>?

'windows support software for mac'
What's that? And what's the error?
You do not need a software, you just need bootcamp drivers from the OS X install disc or a restore disc. If not, you can consult an Apple store (that's the best option).

Windows 8 CP? Use a Virtual Machine. Parallels Desktop or VMWare Fusion...

You can rename the Windows partition from WITHIN windows, but it is not generally recommended (AFAIK)

windows support software is the software required for using the mac keyboard and magic mouse features on the windows installed with boot camp, or atleast thats what I saw on the boot camp window. But how can I install the bootcamp drivers from the install disk? Also, I have the snow leopard install disk. Does that make any difference?

That's even better. Put the Snow Leopard install disc, and go to the bootcamp folder, and install the drivers (the installer would be bootcamp.exe, probably).

I did as you said, but I didn't find anything related to bootcamp on the disk. But I thought if I would downgrade to Snow Leopard using the install disk, install windows 7 and the drivers, and then upgrade it back to Lion, it would solve the problem. So I installed Snow Leopard on my Mac, but now it is not even booting up! I tried to repair the disk from the install disk and the recovery disk, but that doesn't solve anything. It just hangs forever when booting up!

Moreover, the install disk and the recovery disk are showing that the MBP is still on Lion - the install disk is still showing the 'install Snow Leopard' dialogue box while the recovery disk is showing the option 'Set up and restore Lion' (or something like that, I can't remember), while when choosing the startup disk, it shows 'Macintosh HD Mac OS X 10.6.7'!

'But I thought if I would downgrade to Snow Leopard using the install disk, install windows 7 and the drivers, and then upgrade it back to Lion, it would solve the problem.'

You could've just ASKED before doing so! Ah, things are complicated now...

You definitely need to go meet `an Apple genius (to an Apple store) to solve this, as I may help you here but there's a risk of losing your data on the MBP.

Anyway, tell me one thing. I asked you to look for the bootcamp folder/application in the install disc. But I didn't mention that you need to look for it while you're in Windows. Did you do so while you were in Windows or in Mac?

Yup. I checked it on both the OS, Mac and Windows. But I didn't find anything relating to bootcamp on the install disk. I even checked the 'readme' file, but I didn't find anything. Can you please just brief me once that what would I have to do, I would like to know what I'll have to do to if I want to do it myself...
Do I have to remove the hard drive and repair it (or whatever I have to do) from another system? I'm sorry for not asking you about the downgrading...

No problemo. Well, If I were you, I'd just do a complete reinstall, format and reinstall (if I had no data on the HDD). If you have data on the HDD, take it to an Apple store if you can. If not, then you can clean-install Snow Leopard like this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=loFUyDjCbK8

Ah, and I found out what Windows Support Software is. My bad :( Should've guided you correctly in the first place, sorry!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rlBQ4i-NkB4
(watch from 1:20 onwards)

Now what YOU can do:
EITHER clean install Snow Leopard, and upgrade to Lion (don't worry you won't need to repurchase it)
OR you can visit an Apple store... <--- better

So, is there no other way for saving the data except for going to the Apple Store?

Can't we even see the data, so as to think about it once??

The problem is - there is no apple store in my locality....

I solved the problem! I just reinstalled the Mac OS X Lion with the install dvd I had burnt when I downloaded it, and it worked perfectly fine! It was suggested by the apple advisor on the phone. Thanks!



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What you need to install Windows 10 on Mac

  • MacBook introduced in 2015 or later
  • MacBook Air introduced in 2012 or later
  • MacBook Pro introduced in 2012 or later
  • Mac mini introduced in 2012 or later
  • iMac introduced in 2012 or later1
  • iMac Pro (all models)
  • Mac Pro introduced in 2013 or later

The latest macOS updates, which can include updates to Boot Camp Assistant. You will use Boot Camp Assistant to install Windows 10.

64GB or more free storage space on your Mac startup disk:

  • Your Mac can have as little as 64GB of free storage space, but at least 128GB of free storage space provides the best experience. Automatic Windows updates require that much space or more.
  • If you have an iMac Pro or Mac Pro with 128GB of memory (RAM) or more, your startup disk needs at least as much free storage space as your Mac has memory.2

An external USB flash drive with a storage capacity of 16GB or more, unless you're using a Mac that doesn't need a flash drive to install Windows.

A 64-bit version of Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro on a disk image (ISO) or other installation media. If installing Windows on your Mac for the first time, this must be a full version of Windows, not an upgrade.

  • If your copy of Windows came on a USB flash drive, or you have a Windows product key and no installation disc, download a Windows 10 disk image from Microsoft.
  • If your copy of Windows came on a DVD, you might need to create a disk image of that DVD.

How to install Windows 10 on Mac

To install Windows, use Boot Camp Assistant, which is included with your Mac.

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1. Use Boot Camp Assistant to create a Windows partition

Open Boot Camp Assistant, which is in the Utilities folder of your Applications folder. Then follow the onscreen instructions.

  • If you're asked to insert a USB drive, plug your USB flash drive into your Mac. Boot Camp Assistant will use it to create a bootable USB drive for Windows installation.
  • When Boot Camp Assistant asks you to set the size of the Windows partition, remember the minimum storage-space requirements in the previous section. Set a partition size that meets your needs, because you can't change its size later.

2. Format the Windows (BOOTCAMP) partition

When Boot Camp Assistant finishes, your Mac restarts to the Windows installer. If the installer asks where to install Windows, select the BOOTCAMP partition and click Format. In most cases, the installer selects and formats the BOOTCAMP partition automatically.

3. Install Windows

Unplug any external devices that aren't necessary during installation. Then click Next and follow the onscreen instructions to begin installing Windows.

4. Use the Boot Camp installer in Windows

After Windows installation completes, your Mac starts up in Windows and opens a ”Welcome to the Boot Camp installer” window. Follow the onscreen instructions to install Boot Camp and Windows support software (drivers). You will be asked to restart when done.

  • If the Boot Camp installer never opens, open the Boot Camp installer manually and use it to complete Boot Camp installation.
  • If you have an external display connected to a Thunderbolt 3 port on your Mac, the display will be blank (black, gray, or blue) for up to 2 minutes during installation.

How to switch between Windows and macOS

Restart, then press and hold the Option (or Alt) ⌥ key during startup to switch between Windows and macOS.

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If you have one of these Mac models using OS X El Capitan 10.11 or later, you don't need a USB flash drive to install Windows:

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  • MacBook introduced in 2015 or later
  • MacBook Air introduced in 2017 or later3
  • MacBook Pro introduced in 2015 or later3
  • iMac introduced in 2015 or later
  • iMac Pro (all models)
  • Mac Pro introduced in late 2013

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To remove Windows from your Mac, use Boot Camp Assistant, not any other utility.

For more information about using Windows on your Mac, open Boot Camp Assistant and click the Open Boot Camp Help button.

1. If you're using an iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, Late 2014) or iMac (27-inch, Late 2013) or iMac (27-inch, Late 2012) with a 3TB hard drive and macOS Mojave or later, learn about an alert you might see during installation.

2. For example, if your Mac has 128GB of memory, its startup disk must have at least 128GB of storage space available for Windows. To see how much memory your Mac has, choose Apple menu  > About This Mac. To see how much storage space is available, click the Storage tab in the same window.

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3. These Mac models were offered with 128GB hard drives as an option. Apple recommends 256GB or larger hard drives so that you can create a Boot Camp partition of at least 128GB.