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I have an Intel-based Macbook Pro whose hard disk was formatted before I received it. It had no OS installed, and I have no OS X installation disks.

I'm trying to get the machine to run some XP-or-later version of Windows with all hardware (especially network adapters) working with proper drivers. I would like to do so legally and for the lowest price possible. How do I do this?

I have installed a copy of Windows XP SP2 onto the machine using an old CD and key I had lying around. This is the only OS installed on the machine.

The machine boots into XP without problems, but devices -- most notably, the ethernet and the wi-fi network adapters -- do not have drivers. I have tried all of the following steps to get the network adapters to work:

  • I have attempted to run the Boot Camp - Windows XP Drivers Update 2.1 executable. Unsurprisingly, this did not work; the documentation clearly states:

    Important: Installation of Boot Camp 2.1 is required before installing 
    Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3)
    

    (The failure message stated that I did not have the appropriate drivers installed.)

  • From another Macbook, I ran the Boot Camp Assistant. I selected the option to "Download the latest Windows support software from Apple," put the download onto a USB Key, and attempted to run the executables on the XP Macbook. This too failed: "The file is not a proper executable" or somesuch. This too is unsurprising, considering 1) the hardware differences between to the MBPs, 2) the fact that the XP machine has never used any form of Boot Camp and 3) the fact that I am using a USB flash drive when the Boot Camp Assistant states that I need a FAT32-formatted external HDD. (Considering budgetary constraints, I do not have access to an external HDD.)

  • I have done the digging here on SuperUser. I have found two SuperUser questions -- this one and this one -- to have relevant questions but inapplicable answers.

  • I have Googled like crazy.

Thanks in advance for any and all help that anyone can provide.

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Have you tried checking with Intel's support pages? They generally bundle most/all their Network adapter drivers in one set ("ProSet") –  Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Oct 6 '13 at 19:12
    
Excellent idea. Per your suggestion, I just tried it. I got a message: "Cannot install drivers. No Intel(R) Adapters are present in this computer." Presumably though, if I can figure out what kind of network adapter this MBP has, I can just find the drivers in the wild somewhere. –  bobocopy Oct 6 '13 at 20:49

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I have them on my HD and can trow them in my Dropbox and share the link with you if you like. Otherwise you should be able to find them on Piratebay of all places! don't forget to change your DNS settings to 8.8.4.4 ;-)

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Found what you were looking for... thanks be to Google ;-) digiex.net/downloads/download-center-2-0/drivers/… –  Kim Merrild Dec 4 '13 at 23:34

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