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Installing Software from Discs Without a CD or DVD Drive (Windows Vista, XP)

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Some HP computers, such as HP Mini notebook computers, do not have CD/DVD drives. If you want to install software from a disc onto a computer that does not have a CD/DVD drive, use one of the methods described in this document.

Installing software using an external USB CD/DVD drive

An external CD/DVD drive can be plugged into any available USB port on your notebook. To use an external USB CD/DVD drive to install software on your notebook, follow the steps below.
  1. Plug the USB cable into one of the USB ports on the notebook.
  2. For instructions on installing and using your external drive, see the documentation that came with the USB CD/DVD drive.
  3. After installing the drive, insert the software CD into the drive and proceed with the software installation.

Installing software using a USB thumb drive

Using a different computer that is equipped with a CD/DVD drive, the files on the software CD can be copied onto a USB thumb drive and then transferred to the computer that has no CD/DVD drive. To use a USB thumb drive to install software on your notebook, follow the steps below.
  1. Insert the software CD into the CD/DVD drive.
  2. In Windows Vista, click Start , Computer , and then double-click the CD/DVD drive.
    In Windows XP, click Start , My Computer , and then double-click the CD/DVD drive.
  3. Select all files and folders, then right-click and select Copy .
    NOTE:If a window appears with a prompt stating There are hidden files or folders. Would you like to include these in your selection? , click OK .
  4. Insert a USB thumb drive into a USB port on the computer that has a CD/DVD drive.
    If an AutoPlay window appears, click Open folder to view files and then select OK .
    If an AutoPlay window does not appear, open the USB thumb drive by clicking Start , Computer or My Computer , and then double-clicking the corresponding drive.
  5. Create a new folder on the USB thumb drive by right-clicking a blank area within the window and selecting New and then Folder . Name the new folder the name of the software.
  6. Double-click the new folder to open it. Right-click within the folder and select Paste .
  7. When the file transfer is complete, close the window and remove the USB thumb drive from the computer.
  8. Insert the USB thumb drive into a USB port on the computer that does not have a CD/DVD drive.
    If an AutoPlay window appears, click Open folder to view files and then select OK .
    If an AutoPlay window does not appear, open the USB thumb drive by clicking Start , Computer or My Computer , and then double-clicking the corresponding drive.
  9. Right-click the software folder and select Copy .
  10. Right-click on a blank area of the desktop and select Paste .
  11. When the file transfer is complete, double-click the software folder on the desktop to open it.
  12. Locate a file named Setup.exe, Start.exe, Install.exe, or similar.
  13. Double-click the file and proceed with the installation.

Sharing a CD/DVD drive with another computer on a wireless network

Setting up a wireless network allows you to share the CD/DVD drive on another computer on your network, and then use the shared drive to install the software. If you are using Windows Vista, you will also need to set permissions for sharing the drive.
Before using the following steps, you will need to set up a wireless network to connect your computers. If you need help setting up a network in:
Use the following steps to enable your networked computers to share a CD/DVD drive, set sharing permissions (if needed), and then install software.

Step 1: Configure settings to share the CD/DVD drive

To share your CD/DVD drive between two computers on a network, follow the set of steps below that matches your operating system. Perform these steps on the computer that has a CD/DVD drive.
In Windows Vista :
  1. Click Start , Computer , right-click the CD/DVD drive, and then select Properties from the drop-down menu.
    The Properties window opens.
  2. In the Sharing tab, click Advanced Sharing , and then select the Share this folder checkbox. In the Share name: field, enter a name for your CD/DVD drive so that it will be easy to identify from another computer.
  3. Click Permissions to open the Permissions window. Under the Allow column, select the Full Control checkbox.
  4. Click Apply , and then click OK to close the Permissions window.
  5. Click Apply , and then click OK to close the Advanced Sharing window.
  6. Click Close to close the Properties window.
In Windows XP :
  1. Click Start , My Computer , right-click the CD/DVD drive, and then select Sharing and Security from the drop-down menu.
    The Properties window opens.
  2. Click If you understand the risk but still want to share the root of the drive, click here. , and select the Share this folder on the network checkbox. In the Share name: field, enter a name for your CD/DVD drive so that it will be easy to identify from another computer.
  3. Select the Allow network users to change my files checkbox, and then click Apply .
  4. Click Close to close the Properties window.
You can now access your CD/DVD drive from other computers on your network.

Step 2: Set sharing permissions in Windows Vista

The steps in this section only apply to Windows Vista. If you are using Windows XP, you can skip this section.
To access the files on the CD/DVD drive being shared by two computers on a network, turn on file sharing and public folder sharing permissions on both computers.
To turn on file sharing and public folder sharing, follow the steps below.
  1. Click Start , type sharing into the search field, and then select Network and Sharing Center from the list of search results.
    The Windows Network and Sharing Center opens.
  2. Under Sharing and Discovery , verify the File sharing and Public folder sharing options are turned On .
    If one of these options is set to Off , click Off to display a list of options, select the applicable option, and then click Apply to turn the option On .
The file sharing and public folder sharing permissions are now turned on.

Step 3: Install software from a shared CD/DVD drive

After sharing the CD/DVD drive, you can use it to install software on the computer that has no CD/DVD drive, using your wireless network.
To install software, follow the steps below.
  1. Connect both computers to your network.
  2. Insert the software disc that you want to install into the CD/DVD drive so that you will be able to access it across the network.
  3. In Windows Vista, from the computer that does not have the CD/DVD drive, click Start , Network , and then double-click the name of the computer that contains the shared CD/DVD drive that you want to use. If prompted, log onto the other computer.
    In Windows XP, from the computer that does not have the CD/DVD drive, click Start , My Network Places , and then Add a Network Place to open the Add Network Place Wizard. Follow the on-screen instructions to add your CD/DVD drive as a network place. If prompted, log onto the other computer.
  4. Double-click the folder for your CD/DVD drive.
  5. Locate a file named Setup.exe, Start.exe, Install.exe, or similar.
  6. Double-click the file and proceed with the installation.
You can now install the software on your computer as you normally would install it. HP recommends unsharing or limiting permissions for your CD/DVD drive after the installation is complete.

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