Install Windows drivers with VMware Fusion on MacBook - Detail Please

Posted on 2007-10-03
Last Modified: 2013-11-24
I am running VMware Fusion on my MacBook (OS X 10.4.10) with Windows XP Professional.  My iSight camera does not work on the Win XP side and I have searched for help on how to correct this.  It seems that I need to download Bootcamp and somehow burn a CD with Windows drivers.  Can someone please help me to understand the easiest way to get these Win drivers installed on my virtual machine in some detail please?  I do not want to fully install Bootcamp as I am running Fusion now.  Thanks.
Question by:mcmullgr
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    You will need to download and install bootcamp - this does not alter you OS X configuration in any way. From the boot camp program you then choose to make a driver CD for windows. Once you have the CD you can then remove boot camp from the utilities folder.

    Hope that is of help.

    Author Comment

    Thanks Bart.  I burned the Win drivers CD without fully installing Bootcamp.  It seems that I need to install the drivers disc on the Windows side, but when I click the CD drive in Win, it keeps telling me to insert a disc in drive D:

    Do I really need to install Bootcamp (I already have VMware Fusion fully working) or can I somehow just install the drivers CD that Bootcamp produced?  

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    Let me clarify my question: Now that I have the Windows drivers disc, how do I go about "installing" the drivers.  There is a Drivers folder, setup.exe, and autorun.inf on the disc, which looks like a true Windows file format.  I assume I need to install the drivers on the Windows side, but when I insert the disc and click on the CD Drive, it says, Please insert a disc in Drive D:.  
    Can someone explain the process for installing these drivers?  Do I really need to install Bootcamp?  Thanks.
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    by:Bart van der Wee
    When you are in Windows - it should be a matter of running setup.exe and letting that process run. Or else from device manager, choosing to search your CD for newer/updated drivers should also work.

    Author Comment

    Here's how I solved the problem: I copied the files from the CD created by Bootcamp to my Z:\ drive, which is the shared drive between the Mac and Windows sides of the machine.  I was then able to click install.exe and get things running.  From within the VMware menu, go to "Virtual Machine" > "USB" > "Connect Apple Built-in iSight".  This should bring up the iSight camera.  I would recommend a Windows reboot if things do not seem to be going smoothly.  Also, Bootcamp does NOT need to be installed fully, however, a CD drivers disc must be obtained from Bootcamp and installed on the Windows side.  

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