I can't download the Windows 7 support software using the asistant it, the program tells me is a network error, i've read in the forums that you can use the OSX dvds but my macbookpro I bought my macbook this year and it came without any installation DVDs anyone know a workaround to this problem?
Check your auto proxy settings in Network preferences, if this service is switched on, switch it off.
Not really a network problem, unless it is Apple's network. Lots of folks reporting the same issue. I gave up on Bootcamp and used Parallels on my last installation. Too many stupid little hurdles placed in the way for a easy install with Bootcamp lately. Bootcamp is one of the better ways to run Windows if you are wanting to run some games. hatter has been installing Windows directly onto the drive and skipping Bootcamp altogether. I haven't tried that yet. Seems you would have to accept having some features not work if you skip the bootcamp drivers - like a fully functional keyboard. Most everything else can download and install your own drivers for. Bet there's workarounds for the keyboard as well.
For the sake of full disclosure, I skip the Assistant part, I still use Apple drivers.
That makes it easy to clone and use Windows as 100% native as a PC.
NTFS from Paragon supports Windows in its own control panel as Startup Disk and write.
HFS from Paragon improves on AppleHFS to mount and provide read and write support.
Paragon Hard Disk Manager 12 Suite handles Windows 8 management.
Note that with Windows on its own drive you 'boot' from System Reserved partition for Windows, not from your Windows volume. Should be 100MB for 7 and 350MB for 8.
PLEASE, OP, read the guide etc. There are no DVDs for Lion, so it is download only.
There is a link to Boot Camp 4.0 but you really want 4.01+ Shame. Downloads take couple minutes (600MB file, so whatever your broadband can handle). That is the way it should be.
It has been crippled and can't be just a fluke.
I think most would like to download from the AppStore for free or small fee $2.99 if that would work and give you the latest and be done in 10 minutes.