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How to create an unlocked Boot Camp DVD for localized Win 7 versions

Thursday, May 13, 2010

How to create and unlocked Boot Camp DVD for localized Win 7 versions

Joel Amar sent us a follow-up to his previous story, Using Hebrew and Arabic Windows in Boot Camp on new Macs. The problem is that he was unable to install the latest Boot Camp drivers in localized version of Windows 7, including Hebrew and Arabic. He described workaround as "the only fix is to open each driver with winrar and add enableNotListedLanguages in the DPINST file..."

Amar has now provided us with a detailed guide to build a proper and unlocked Boot Camp DVD, might be handy for other purposes as well:

Tools needed on Windows platform:

  • Winrar - to open the driver archive
  • Winrar Unlock - to unlock the archives and update the driver with the DPINST xml

To start, copy the Boot Camp DVD to your desktop

First Step: Prepare a working DPINST.xml file:

  1. Open the Drivers folder and navigate to the Apple folder
  2. Open with Winrar one the drivers (drivers are with a rar icon and an .exe extension) and extract the DPINST.xml file to your desktop
  3. Right click the file and choose "edit"
  4. Add the line <enableNotListedLanguages/> to the xml and save the file.

Now the xml file should look like this:

<?xml version="1.0" ?>
<!-- Localizations for the End User License Agreement -->

Second Step: Unlock All the Archives

  1. Drag each driver (from the drivers folder from the Boot Camp DVD copied earlier to the desktop) to Winrar Unlock (uncheck "create a backup file")
  2. Unlock all the drivers contained in these folder: Apple, Asix, Atheros, Broadcom, Cirrus, IDT Sigmatel, Intel, Marvell, RealTek. Don't forget to check nested folders, unlock as well 64-bit drivers if needed.

Third Step: Replace the DPINST xml file in all drivers

  1. Right click each driver and open with Winrar
  2. Drag the new DPINST.xml file into the archive and replace the old one
  3. Close the archive
  4. Repeat these steps with all the drivers

Finally you should start Boot Camp installation successfully.

You can manually check the driver good functioning by double clicking it, if the installation begins, the driver is correct, if you receive the error message: " The installer does not support the installed language" you should repeat step 2 to 3.

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