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Fix for Boot Camp x64 is unsupported on this computer model

on 15 September, 2013 in Blog | 58 comments

Recently I tried to install Boot Camp 5.0.5033 on my MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2009) having previously installed Windows 7 64-bit. Guess what? Apple decided to make our life difficult again by popping up “Boot Camp x64 is unsupported on this computer model” error.

bootcamp_x64_unsupported

I am guessing that this problem  happening to many of you out there that have different models of Macs so here is how to solve:

1

Download Boot Camp 5.0.5033 (or a newer version) from apple’s website.

2

Extract all contents but do not run *BootCamp5.0.5033\BootCamp\setup.exe as this will produce the error displayed above.

3

Instead we need to run *BootCamp5.0.5033\BootCamp\Drivers\Apple\BootCamp.msi but if we try to do it the old fashioned way, yet another error pops up “this installation requires elevated privileges. launch the installer through setup.exe”. Unfortunately in my case there was no option to run the msi as Administrator.

4

To overcome the administrator issue, navigate to C:\Windows\System32 and locate cmd.exe. Right click the icon and select Run as administrator option. Hold on! Right click is not available without boot camp; well here is a secret, Shift+F10 does exactly the same!

right_click

Navigate again to  *BootCamp5.0.5033\BootCamp\Drivers\Apple and execute BootCamp.msi from the command prompt by typing BootCamp.msi. If that does not work try “BootCamp.msi”.

Voila! Restart your Mac and you are good to go.

5 (Bonus)

Follow this link Windows BootCamp reverse scrolling to make scrolling in Windows have similar feeling as in Mac OS X.

    58 Comments

  1. Worked like a charm! Thanks! Jose

    Jose Valdes

    October 12, 2013

    • Awesome. Thanks for the help!!

      Joseph Perez

      February 4, 2014

      • Excellent – thank you. Works flawlessly 🙂

        bob

        December 31, 2014

  2. I’m still a little confused around the cmd.exe step. I run that as administrator and then go to the apple/drivers folder to find the .msi file and then…command prompt…? Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks. Also I’m running xDark x64. It’s never been a problem with anything else I install.

    Chris

    October 15, 2013

    • type the name of the msi and hit enter to execute

      ytsentas

      October 16, 2013

      • I could kiss you!

        If I had a nickel for every Bootcamp nuance last 5 years, I’d have an extra dollar today.

        Thanks!

        David Albert

        October 17, 2013

    • Run CMD as administrator and then go to the location of the folder using ‘cd’ command and then execute bootcamp.msi
      Works like a charm thankyou sir!

      Ben

      October 29, 2013

  3. Thank you, worked great.

    Tom

    October 17, 2013

  4. So I’ve gotten as far as the command prompt, but how do I find the name of the msi file? Literally typing “BootCamp.msi” and hitting enter isn’t working for me. Thanks for any insight.

    Matthew Johnson

    October 29, 2013

    • nevermind, I figured it out. It turns out you actually have to type quotation marks around the path.

      Matthew Johnson

      October 29, 2013

      • i dont understand , please mention how we should execute bootcamp.msi from command prompt
        i am not very addicted to computer thing, so i might need step by step.

        hassan essali

        October 30, 2013

        • The post is now updated. Please check it out

          ytsentas

          October 30, 2013

  5. Fantastic instructions, I love apple hardware, but this planned obsolescence..

    Chris Drew

    November 5, 2013

  6. Faster solution: (BootCamp v 5.0.5033)
    1. Navigate to BootCamp5.0.5033\BootCamp\Drivers\Apple
    2. Shift+right-click on BootCamp.msi
    3. Choose ‘Run as a different user’
    4. Enter local admin account credentials (i.e. ComputerName\Administrator for username)
    5. Complete installer.

    I used it with the built-in ‘Administrator’ account, but I assume it would work with any local admin account. I could not make it work with a domain admin account, no matter how high-level the privileges.

    This worked on a original MacPro (3.0 GHz Xenon Quad-Core).

    Chelsea

    November 7, 2013

  7. Worked.
    Thank you very much.

    Mohamed

    November 13, 2013

  8. Thanks so much!!! Worked perfectly.

    Gonzalo

    November 14, 2013

  9. just to let people know backslash is located just under the escape key on the mpb13 keyboard. so by typing
    cd c:\users\NAME\desktop\bootcamp\drivers\apple (obviously change this to your folder location) press enter and type bootcamp.msi this worked for me thanks.

    neil

    January 4, 2014

    • Literally, Thank you so much. I did not understand how to use the command prompt to run the .msi until you replied! Thank you! Worked for me.

      David

      January 7, 2014

    • Sir, you are a lifesaver. I had no idea where to find the backslash nor navigate to the right folder. Tinkered with it your way and it seems to have started off the install fine. Thank you!!

      Emma

      January 25, 2014

    • Please help it just says “is not recognised as an external or internal command”
      It also says when i put in the command you wrote “The system cannot find the path specified”
      I wrote cd c:\users\MY COMPUTER NAME\downloads\bootcamp\drivers\apple

      Please help i have had this problem for a year.

      Leo

      September 18, 2016

  10. man…u genius…thx…

    menyut

    January 14, 2014

  11. Thank you!

    Paul Rydzyk

    January 18, 2014

  12. Thank you sooo much!!!

    Jake

    January 26, 2014

  13. For an even easier solution, just turn off UAC and reboot.

    To do this, press the windows button and click on your profile picture.
    This will bring up a window with user options. Just click the bottom option named “Change User Account Control settings” and then just drag the slider to the bottom and click “Ok” while accepting the warning. Then just reboot your computer and you can then just run the msi without any other problems. This also gets rid of the annoying popups asking you if you want to run the program you just clicked on, so it’s a double plus.

    VC

    January 28, 2014

  14. I had the same issues trying install into native windows 8. Your instructions really worked. Thanks,

    Kannan

    February 10, 2014

  15. You my man, deserve a medal

    Legohead

    March 3, 2014

  16. Great, it worked! Thanks so much for the help!

    Josh Snider

    April 3, 2014

  17. Thank you so much. It worked great!

    dribscrib

    April 12, 2014

  18. Thanks man! 🙂

    roger

    April 17, 2014

  19. Awesome.
    It worked great.
    Thank you for your help

    Shahin

    April 27, 2014

  20. Ugh, sorry, accidentally pressed enter before i finished. Ignore that. Ok, so enter this exactly:

    cd ”C:\Windows\Users\EnterYourUserNameHere\Downloads\BootCamp5.0.5033\BootCamp\Drivers\Apple”

    (make sure you include the parentheses. You can copy and paste this, but you must to substitute your own user name where I wrote EnterYourUserNameHere. Also, this command assumes that you downloaded the file to the Downloads folder, and that the Downloads folder is in the normal location.)

    press enter, and then enter this on it’s own line:

    BootCamp.msi

    And press Enter again. That should do it. It worked for me, anyway.

    Max

    May 2, 2014

    • well that didn’t work for me

      wayne

      March 5, 2016

  21. Worked like a charm, thank you!!

    Andrea

    May 20, 2014

  22. This blog needs to be the #1 google search result. Apple pisses me off.

    Dann

    August 12, 2014

  23. It’s Magic!!!!

    Tyler

    August 20, 2014

  24. So simple its brilliantly complicated. Almost make me want to try installing Ubuntu just for kicks.

    Patrick

    September 6, 2014

  25. Worked just fine! Thanks a lot!!

    Tobias

    September 16, 2014

  26. Thanks a bunch! Just what I needed.

    DocSuave

    October 2, 2014

  27. Super perfectly worked. Thanks.

    Bala

    October 31, 2014

  28. I’m trying to install Windows 7 on a partitioned iMac (new Retina 5k) with Boot Camp using an external hard drive for installation files, etc.

    I’ve run into the same problems as above, but inside of my BootCamp > Drivers > Apple folder, there is only a ‘BootCamp’ item along with 10 others starting with ‘Apple’.

    I have the Administrator: C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe open, but have no idea what I need to enter in to get this to work. I’ve tried BootCamp, “BootCamp”, BootCamp.msi, but nothing works.

    Please help!

    DB

    November 5, 2014

  29. I tried VC’s suggestion above by turning off the UAC and rebooted, which seems to have worked in allowing me to install the BootCamp software, but my wifi still won’t connect – which was the original problem.

    What am I missing? My wifi is on and working on all of the other devices I have, so it’s definitely an issue with the Windows/BootCamp.

    DB

    November 5, 2014

  30. Trying to update BootCamp drivers to 5.1 from 4 on a Macbook 2009 running Windows 8.1.
    When I execute the command I get the following error/message :
    This installation package is not supported for this type of processor. Contact the supplier of this product.

    Anybody an idea how to fix this frustrating problem?

    Sebas

    February 6, 2015

  31. Hell yeah! I’m just a little confused about using DOS-Prompt, never used this for the last 15 years… 😀

    I’ve used a Bootcamp-created USB-Device, so my line looks like
    E:\WindowsSupport\Drivers\Apple\BootCamp64.msi
    (change E to the Letter of your USB-Device).

    Many thanks for this helpful solution from Germany!

    Jörg

    March 1, 2015

  32. WOW you are a saint!

    JS

    May 4, 2015

  33. Thanks for this post! I had figured out to run BootCamp.msi and that I needed an elevated command prompt to start it but didn’t know the Shift+F10 right-click trick!! Thanks for teaching me something new. 😉

    MCM

    May 21, 2015

  34. thank you

    adel

    June 30, 2015

  35. Unfortunately this didn’t work on my early 2008 iMac. I followed the process, but upon reboot, the computer would not boot due to driver crash. I had to restore. if anyone succeeds with a similar iMac, please post. thanks

    jorge

    August 9, 2015

  36. looks like it s not working for me
    from the downloaded files from BootCamp

    i’ll try the link u gave

    thanx

    daav

    October 14, 2015

  37. THANKS AND FUCK U APPLE.

    pillo

    December 26, 2015

  38. My macbook late 2008 2.0 ghz stucks at the installation of Realtek driver

    Stefano

    January 17, 2016

    • mine too! :C and bootcamp 4 doesnt have any msi file

      edu

      March 3, 2016

    • its me again, I have the solution for us, search for the Realtelk folder and move it outside the bootcamp folder, move it to desktop, then proceed with installation of bootcamp as in this guide, when finished doublé click the realtek rar you moved to the desktop, install and restart, and thats t 😀

      edu

      March 3, 2016

  39. Works Nice Using Boot Camp 4.x first on Yosemite 10.10 SFOTT, downloaded from internet, then install Win 7 x64 in a Macbook2.1 mid 2007. Thank You Very Much!!

    RafaelMR

    March 5, 2016

  40. This help alot, for anyone confused on how to run the setup from cmd, type ” CD .. ” and hit enter until cmd shows c:\ ,so that you are at the root of the c drive. then CD ” file path ” for example cd Windows support\Drivers\Apple . then type BootCamp.msi , hope that helps anyone that not used to cmd in Windows.

    Kedar brooks

    March 6, 2016

  41. Great solution – worked perfect.
    That you very much, I wish Apple had such employees like you.
    Best regards
    Alex

    Steve

    March 17, 2016

  42. Worked great! Tried several other tips but this one (running Bootcamp.msi from an Admin command line) really did it. Thanks so much!

    Wolfgang

    September 9, 2016

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