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10.7: Update to a workaround for a Boot Camp x64 installation issue System 10.7
Yesterday I finally got around to dual-booting my MacBook, with a nice fresh copy of Windows 7. Everything was great, except for a laggy download of the Windows Support Software. So, earlier today, I got around to installing the drivers. It turns out, my old MacBook didn't support BootCampx64. I then did a quick search on how to fix this issue.

I came up with a number of answers, but this is an answer aimed at people who were in my situation which is:
  • I could not right click on the BootCampx64.msi file, because of the missing drivers.
  • Or if I could right click, then changing the properties of BootCampx64.msi resulted in not having the required elevated access privileges.
My solution (done from within Windows, obviously):
  • Without the drivers installed, you can still right click on the BootCampx64.msi file by click it with 'Shift-F10' which apparently acts as an alternate right click.
  • If you have the first step down, try opening the properties of the file, and change the compatibility to earlier versions of Windows.
  • If that still doesn't work, then open the start menu. Then go to Programs » Accessories » CMD, and hover over CMD.
  • Press Shift-F10, or right click if you are able, on CMD (the Windows Command Prompt).
  • Select the option in the drop-down menu, 'Run as Administrator.'
  • Then open CMD and get a shell window.
  • Now, when you open CMD, you should be running it as C:Windowssystem32.
  • At the Command Prompt, type in cd /d C:
  • You should now have C: at the far left of the prompt.
  • Type in cd Users. Then type in dir.
  • Find your username, and then type in cd username, e.g. cd John Smith
  • Continue the dir, cd process until you come into the directory in which the BootCampx64.msi is. (You may have dragged the WindowsSupport folder onto the desktop, or someplace else).
  • After you have reached the directory, simply type in BootCampx64.msi.
  • The program should start.
  • All of the drivers should start installing. You probably won't be able to move your mouse if you have a trackpad, as I do, because the Apple Trackpad driver is one of the last to be installed.
If it seems like the process is taking a while, be patient.

Sources:

This earlier hint, this Apple forum thread, and this very helpful article.

[crarko adds: I haven't tested this one, as I don't use BootCamp. Reading this process reminds me why Windows desperately needs an equivalent to 'sudo' in its command prompt. If this procedure seems a bit confusing, take a look at the last article mentioned in the references, which has some screen grabs.]
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10.7: Update to a workaround for a Boot Camp x64 installation issue
Authored by: haralds on Feb 08, '12 08:08:23AM

In Windows Explorer, a Shift-Right-Click on a folder should give you the extended option to "Open Command Window here". Saves you a lot of cd typing.

Alternately, you can type "cd ", then go to the explorer path in the toolbar, click on it, select all, copy, and then go to the command window draw bar, right-click to get the Edit window, and paste the path. Then hit return.



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10.7: Update to a workaround for a Boot Camp x64 installation issue
Authored by: DamnItsHot on Feb 08, '12 09:02:52AM

What the heck is a "command window draw bar"? Been a while since I have used windows regularly but I don't remember that term.



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10.7: Update to a workaround for a Boot Camp x64 installation issue
Authored by: dpmcintyre on Feb 08, '12 09:29:31AM

Windows does have an equivalent of sudo.

runas /user:Administrator path..name..

Or if you want the equivalent of 'sudo -s' then

runas /user:Administrator cmd.exe

Also, almost all of this hint was just how to navigate the filesystem to the location where he had this driver msi package located.

I keep a USB mouse around for dealing with Bootcamp. About 100 times easier to plug in any cheap mouse that you can right click on to install the drivers than dealing with this.



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10.7: Update to a workaround for a Boot Camp x64 installation issue
Authored by: poenn on Feb 08, '12 10:40:29AM

Nice, an update to my old hint. I was surprised to read about it. Havenít used BC for quite some time (which is good).



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10.7: Update to a workaround for a Boot Camp x64 installation issue
Authored by: the_webmaestro on Feb 09, '12 11:44:39AM

I believe that, after selecting a file, the key command [Alt]+[Enter] will bring up the item's 'Properties' windows (i.e., Windows Explorer's equivalent of the Finder's 'Get Info' window).

NOTE: You might need to do [Alt]+[Fn]+[Return] on a MacBook (Air|Pro)).

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