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BootCamp drivers - lost my Mac OSX CD

Is it possible to copy the drivers from another WINDOWS folder? I have re-installed my computer only to find that none of the drivers are there. I have the old WINDOWS folder from my old installation (that had all of the drivers). Is it possible to copy these drivers across? If so, how would I go about doing so? I can’t just download the drivers, as it’s a Mac running BootCamp, and I’ve lost the OSX CD.

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marked as duplicate by Simon Sheehan, BBlake, Raystafarian, Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007, Tom Wijsman Mar 13 '12 at 4:06

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You can actually get all the bootcamp drivers right from Apple. Although it says "Update", it appears that the update actually includes everything that's on the disk. Just grab it off off the Boot Camp Support page.

Copying the drivers will not work - the files are usually spread around, along with registry stuff. So your best bet is to nab them off the internet from a manufacturer.

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You, my friend are a god, I'll report back if it works :D –  jackwilsdon Mar 12 '12 at 19:41
    
The EXE just opens, doesn't display anything then closes, It's JUST an update, it does nothing if you don't have the drivers already install :( –  jackwilsdon Mar 12 '12 at 20:19
    
@JackWilsdon Try this one also then, it claims to not require a previous installation. support.apple.com/kb/DL830 –  Simon Sheehan Mar 12 '12 at 20:27
    
Downloading it now, if all else fails I'll have to revert to TPB as suggested in "BootCamp drivers - lost my Mac OSX CD" –  jackwilsdon Mar 12 '12 at 20:34
    
@JackWilsdon yeah, thats what i was going to suggest next :P –  Simon Sheehan Mar 12 '12 at 20:36

You can not simply install drivers by copying the files. Installation of a driver involves lots of more complicated steps than just copying files such as creating registry entries, services, event logs, and so on. Simply copying a file tells Windows nothing about the driver.

What you can do, is to copy the individual files as necessary (for example in the dialog below that prompts you for the location of a driver file). That said, the necessary files may not all be in the same place (%systemroot%\System32\Drivers), and could be in theProgram Filesfolder,%systemroot%\Help`, and basically anywhere else the manufacturer thought its files belonged.

It is best just to use a copy of the original driver installation program, but if you don’t have Internet access or the CD, then maybe a copy of the driver installer has been cached. Look for an executable (.exe) or Windows Installer file (.msi) in the relevant Program Files folder and \Windows\Installer (perhaps do a file-search depending on the device manufacturer’s name).

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