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Installing Software from Discs without a CD or DVD Drive (Windows 8)

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This document pertains to HP and Compaq notebook computers with Windows 8.
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 disc 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 installation disc 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 installation disc into the CD/DVD drive.
  2. If an AutoPlay window appears, click Open folder to view files .
    If an AutoPlay window does not appear, follow these steps:
    Search for File Explorer , and select File Explorer from the menu.
    In the Computer window, under Devices with Removable Storage, 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.
  5. If an AutoPlay window appears, click Open folder to view files .
    If an AutoPlay window does not appear, follow these steps:
    Search for File Explorer and select File Explorer in the Search results.
    In the Computer window, under Devices with Removable Storage, double-click the CD/DVD drive.
  6. 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.
  7. Double-click the new folder to open it. Right-click within the folder and select Paste .
  8. When the file transfer is complete, close the window and remove the USB thumb drive from the computer.
  9. Insert the USB thumb drive into a USB port on the computer that does not have a CD/DVD drive.
  10. If an AutoPlay window appears, click Open folder to view files .
    If an AutoPlay window does not appear, follow these steps:
    Search for File Explorer and select File Explorer in the Search results.
    In the Computer window, under Devices with Removable Storage, double-click the USB drive.
  11. Double-click the software folder, and then locate a file named Setup.exe, Start.exe, Install.exe, or similar.
  12. 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.
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 Windows 8, refer to the HP support document Creating a Wireless Home Network (Windows 8) .
Use the following steps to enable your networked computers to share a CD/DVD drive, and then install the software.

Step 1: Configure settings to share the CD/DVD drive in Windows 8

To share your CD/DVD drive between two computers on a network, follow the steps below. Perform these steps on the computer that has a CD/DVD drive.
  1. At the Start screen, type file explorer to open the Search charm. Select File Explorer in the Search results.
    Figure 1: File Explorer
    File Explorer on the Search screen
  2. In the Computer window, right-click the CD/DVD drive, and then select Properties from the drop-down menu.
    Figure 2: CD/DVD drive Properties
    CD/DVD drive Properties
    The drive Properties window opens.
  3. In the Sharing tab, click Advanced Sharing .
    Figure 3: Advanced Sharing
    Advanced Sharing
  4. Select the Share this folder checkbox.
    Figure 4: Share this folder
    Share this folder
  5. In the Share name field, type a name for your CD/DVD drive so that it will be easy to identify from another computer, and then click Apply . Do not click OK .
    Figure 5: Share name
    Share name
  6. Click Permissions to open the Permissions window.
  7. Under Group or user names: , verify that Everyone is listed. If it is not already listed, click Add , type Everyone into the object name field, and then click OK .
  8. In the Permissions for Everyone field, in the Allow column, select the Full Control checkbox, and then click OK .
    Figure 6: Allow Full Control
    Allow Full Control
You can now access your CD/DVD drive from other computers on your network.

Step 2: Install software from a shared CD/DVD drive in Windows 8

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 these steps:
  1. Connect both computers to your network.
  2. Insert the software installation disc into the CD/DVD drive to access it over the network.
  3. Press the Windows + Q key.
    Type network into the Search field.
  4. On the computer that does not have a CD/DVD drive, type network on the Start screen to open the Search charm. Select Network in the Search results.
    Figure 7: Network
    Network on the Search screen
  5. Double-click the name of the computer that contains the shared CD/DVD drive that you want to use. If prompted, sign in to the computer.
  6. Double-click the folder for your shared CD/DVD drive.
  7. Locate a file named Setup.exe, Start.exe, Install.exe, or similar.
  8. 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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