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Boot Camp & Windows XP

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Sep 12, 2013 8:44 AM



I have a Macbook Pro (15-inch mid 2009) using OS X 10.6.8 and Boot Camp 3.0.4. I want to install an old copy of Windows XP Pro but do not have access to my original Macbook Pro setup disks so I'm not able to install the Boot Camp 3.0.4 drivers. Is there a way to download / install the necessary drivers without the original disks? I do not want to run a virtual workstation through VMWare etc.


I've tried using Boot Camp Assistant to download the Windows Support Software but I keep on getting the message "The Windows support software is not available"


Please help.



MacBook Pro (15-inch Mid 2009), Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • Kurt Lang Level 7 Level 7 (31,510 points)
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    Sep 12, 2013 8:57 AM (in response to Brandon2222)

    You'll need to contact Apple and get replacement disks for your model Mac. They will ask for the serial number in order to make sure you get the correct set. You can find the serial number by choosing About This Mac from the Apple logo at the top left. Then click on the OS version number, which will rotate between that, the OS build number, and your hardware's serial number.


    If your Mac came with 10.6.3 or older, you could/should also be able to use the retail Snow Leopard DVD. You don't get the bundled software that way, though. So you wouldn't be able to reinstall the iLife software and other bundled Apple apps the Mac came with.

  • ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,305 points)
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    Sep 12, 2013 9:46 AM (in response to Brandon2222)

    Click on your name to see your other posts already answered.


  • Kurt Lang Level 7 Level 7 (31,510 points)
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    Sep 13, 2013 6:01 AM (in response to Brandon2222)

    Snow Leopard only came on disk, retail or machine specific. While you can find illegal downloads, do not get any of them. Illegal software is the number one way crooks are getting malware onto Macs. They add key loggers and whatever else to the installer package, which gets installed along with what you think you downloaded. Be safe, call Apple and get the correct replacement disks.


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