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Fix for Boot Camp x64 is unsupported on this computer model

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.

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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.

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66 Comments

  1. 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.

      1. I could kiss you!

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

        Thanks!

    1. 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!

  2. 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.

      1. 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.

  3. 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).

  4. 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.

    1. 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.

    2. 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!!

    3. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. 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.

  9. 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?

  10. 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!

  11. 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. 😉

  12. 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

    1. 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 😀

  13. 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!!

  14. 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.

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

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

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