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A computer with no CD drive still needs to have software installed on it. It can often be done through your USB drive.
My new laptop does not have a CD drive. I have some programs on CDs such as Office 97 and Access 97, which I want to run or update from on my new machine. Can I (so to speak) squeeze them through a USB? How?
In this excerpt from Answercast #90 I look at the possibility of transferring contents of a CD to a USB drive in order to install a program.
Well, the good news is that many programs that come on CD will actually install just fine if you simply copy the contents of the CD, the entire contents of the CD, to a USB drive.
I typically recommend that you do so to an empty USB drive so that it looks as much as possible like the CD - except that it happens to be a USB flash drive.
Then, after you've done that (presumably on some other machine that has both a CD-ROM drive and the USB drive) you can then take that USB drive to your new machine and plug it in.
After it appears in Windows Explorer you can then navigate to the root of that drive and run what would, presumably, be a set up program or something like it.
Now, I will warn you that some programs, not very many these days, but some get kind of, I don't know, "picky." I did run into one recently with my ham radio that insisted that it could only be installed from a CD, from a CD image. Well, that's a pain in the butt.
There are ways around it - but for the most part, most programs that are delivered on CD can usually be installed by simply copying the contents of the entire CD to a USB drive and then installing from the USB drive instead.
(Transcript lightly edited for readability.)
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