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I recently partitioned my MBP 15", early 2011 model, so I could run windows. I installed Windows XP and now I have no Wifi. I've installed the bootcamp drivers off CD of Snow Leopard and the disks that came with my machine. No luck, there are no wireless drivers.

What I am planning to do is install Windows 8. How can I get wireless drivers on my XP partition? Or if I download windows 8 on my OSX and make a bootable flash drive and upgrade the os, will I have Wifi that way?

Thanks

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I dont know if this will help - apple.stackexchange.com/questions/24118/… –  Jash Jacob May 18 '13 at 12:08
    
@JashJacob I downloaded the 3.3 drivers but they do not work for some reason in XP. –  twinbornJoint May 18 '13 at 19:07

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This website contains download links for the latest version of the Boot Camp WindowsSupport for older devices:

Download Links - Screenshot of table

For Windows XP, Apple has provided Boot Camp Drivers Update v2.1 and v2.2 which…

is intended only for use with Microsoft Windows XP and Microsoft Windows Vista running on a Mac computer using Boot Camp.

Both updates require Boot Camp 2.1. It also notes that…

This download contains complete copies of Boot Camp Windows XP Drivers (version 2.1). If you have Boot Camp drivers already installed, it will update them. If you do not have any Boot Camp drivers installed, it will install version 2.1 drivers onto your already installed Windows OS.

This should fix your XP issue, since it contains the latest XP-compatible drivers. If not, your only option will probably be Windows 8 (or Windows 7).

With regard to installing Windows 8, Boot Camp 5 brings full Windows 8 support.

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@grarside I have tried the drivers from that page but they only support Windows 7 and won't install. So I found the 3.3 BootCamp Drivers but the installer.exe will not open on Windows XP...no errors nothing happens, not sure why. If I purchase Windows 8, and put the download iso on my portable drive to access the upgrade in XP, do you think that would fix my wifi issue since newer drivers will be installed? –  twinbornJoint May 18 '13 at 19:06
    
@twinbornJoint Here's a very old Boot Camp drivers update, compatible with Windows XP: support.apple.com/kb/DL967 It requires Boot Camp 2.1, and since you mention the 3.3 Boot Camp drivers, I am unsure whether you can downgrade 3.x to 2.x. Regardless, yes, Windows 8 always uses the latest drivers, and I haven't had any Wi-Fi issues with my Win8 install. –  George Garside May 18 '13 at 19:15
    
@twinbornJoint I've added more detail to my answer regarding XP-compatible drivers. –  George Garside May 18 '13 at 19:23
    
Thank you kindly for all the information. I've followed everything to a "T" and still does not work. The 2.1 drivers actually load on my XP partition but cannot completed due to compatibility issues with 3.1 installed currently. I guess I will have to purchase Windows 8 and put the install on my flash drive. –  twinbornJoint May 18 '13 at 20:27
    
@twinbornJoint No problem :) I presumed that is what would happen. I assume you could completely uninstall the 3.x drivers, and then install the 2.x ones, but I've never tried it. I believe it would let you, since it is possible to use Boot Camp without the drivers (you are required to use Windows without the Boot Camp drivers for a certain amount of time so that you can install the drivers in the first place). –  George Garside May 18 '13 at 21:11

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