How to install software on a laptop without cd drive windows 10

In this guide you’ll learn how to install software on a laptop without cd drive windows 10. Are you facing this common laptop problem? Have you a brand new laptop with no CD/DVD drive but want to install programs from CDs or DVDs?

Recently I had to reinstall my Windows 10 on a computer that did not have any DVD-drive due to some issues with DVD-drive, so the installation of software was blocked. All software we use need to be installed from disk because the disk is a media where we store them. However, if you cannot use a CD/DVD-drive, how are you going to install it?

The Windows 10 operating system is the latest version of Microsoft’s popular desktop platform. It has many great features, but one of its biggest downsides is that it doesn’t include a built-in disc drive.

If you want to install software on your computer or install an operating system on it, you’ll need a CD or DVD drive. But if you don’t have one, how do you get around this?

Luckily, there are other ways to install software or an operating system on your laptop without a disc drive. In this article, we’ll show you how to install software on a laptop without cd drive windows 10

If you’re trying to install software on a laptop without a CD drive, there are two options available.

The first is using a USB drive. You can use this if the software you want to install has been downloaded onto an external storage device or if you have access to the internet while installing it. If so, follow these steps:

  1. Insert your USB drive into the port on your computer.
  2. Open up Windows Explorer and find the file that contains the installation instructions for the software you want to install.
  3. Right-click on this file and select “Open with” from the dropdown menu that appears in front of it (this may be titled “Open with” or something similar).
  4. Select “Windows Media Player” from this list of options and hit OK when prompted–this will allow Windows Media Player to open up with your chosen file!
  5. Once Windows Media Player has opened up completely, click on “Tools” at the top left corner of its window and then click “Burn disc…” from there; this should bring up another window where you can choose what type of disc format you want (DVDs typically work best).

How To Install Software On A Laptop Without CD Drive (3 Easy Ways)

3 Easy Ways To Install Software On A Laptop Without CD Drive

There are three easy and convenient methods to use. The choice depends on how familiar you are with the method(s) and compatibility with your laptop without the CD drive. These methods include using an external USB CD drive, use of USB thumb drive, and a shared CD drive with another laptop with a CD drive on a wireless Network.

Method 1 – Using An External USB CD Drive

If your laptop does not have a slot for the disk drive, don’t worry because what you need is an external USB CD drive. Using an external USB CD is one of the efficient and easy alternatives to have your software installed.

external USB CD drive

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It is essential to note the type of external drive you are using because:

  • Some will play external drive immediately after plugging in. 
  • While others will require to be installed via a driver.

In case the external USB CD drive you are using needs a driver, ensure you follow the procedure and instructions to install the driver. Usually manufacturer’s manual contains all the steps you need.

Inserting the program CD that you intend to install follows immediately after having the external drive installed. It will only take your laptop a few seconds to read the CD. When it is ready, it shows up in “My Computer.” Next step, click on the CD drive that shows up and then continue with the software installation.After clicking on the CD drive, the installation wizard prompts and takes you through the entire installation process. Now you are done, you can now proceed further to install software or a game on a laptop without a CD Drive.

Method 2 – Using USB Thumb Drive

Alternatively, to install software to your laptop computer without a CD drive, you can use a USB thumb drive. You only need a flash disk or thumb drive and another computer equipped with a CD drive. Then copy the installer from the computer and paste it to your laptop.

USB Thumb Drive

The process of copying and pasting the software data starts with plugging in the thumb drive on a laptop with a CD drive and copying the file, and pasting it to the flash drive. 

After copying the data, safely eject the thumb drive and plug it into your laptop computer without the CD drive.  To proceed with the installation process, click on the installer file that directs you through till it is done.

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First Step: Copying The Software Data From CD

  1. Using a computer with a CD drive, insert the CD having the software.
  2. Open the CD drive by clicking “My Computer,” then double-click the CD drive.
  3. Highlight all the folders and files, then right-click and copy. In case there is a prompt on the window informing of hidden files or folders and asking whether you would like to include them, select OK.
  4. Take your USB thumb drive and insert it in a USB port on your laptop with the CD drive. In case an AutoPlay window shows up, select an open folder and then click OK. But if it does not appear, don’t worry, open the USB thumb drive from “My Computer” by double-clicking the CD drive.
  5. For the software files’ easy location, create a folder on the flash drive by right-clicking any blank area within the window. Select “New” then “folder” and name it.
  6. Paste the software data by double-clicking the new folder you have named to open it and right-clicking within the folder, and selecting paste.
  7. After completing file transfer, close the window and safe eject the USB thumb drive from the laptop computer.

Second Step: Using A USB Thumb Drive To Transfer Software Data To A Laptop Without A CD Drive

  1. Using your laptop without a CD drive, insert the USB thumb drive into one of the USB ports. If the AutoPlay window shows up, select the open folder, then OK. But if it doesn’t open a USB thumb drive.
  2. Copy the software folder by right-clicking it and select copy.
  3. Select any blank area within the desktop and paste the software folder.
  4. After completing file transfer, double-click the folder on the desktop to open it.
  5. Locate the launch file and double click it to open and follow the instructions to install the software.
  6. Done

Method 3 – Sharing CD/DVD Drive With Another Computer On A Wireless Network

Using a shared drive with another computer via a wireless network, you can install the intended software on your laptop without a CD drive. Despite being more complicated than the other methods, it functions with the older versions of the Windows operating system.

Sharing CD/DVD Drive With Another Computer On A Wireless Network

The first crucial step is to set up a wireless network that permits sharing the CD drive on another laptop with your network’s drive. The second essential step is the installation of the software from the shared CD drive.

First Step: Settings Configuration To Share The CD Drive

Make sure you have another laptop with a CD drive and perform the following steps on it.

  1. Click Start and select My Computer before looking for the CD drive and then right-click and select properties.
  2. Go to the Sharing tab “Share with” in the Properties window, select “Advanced Sharing.”
  3. Click the “Share this folder” checkbox, assign a name for the drive, and then click “Apply.”
  4. To open the permission window, select permission.
  5. Click OK on the “full control” checkbox.
  6. For closing the window, click Apply followed by OK
  7. To close advanced sharing options, click again OK. After this last step, you can access the CD drive to another laptop on your network.

Second Step: Installing Software from a Shared CD Drive

Installing the intended software on the laptop without a CD drive requires the following steps.

  1. Ensure both laptops are connected to your network
  2. Open the CD drive slot on the other laptop and insert the installation disc so that you can access it across your network
  3. On your laptop without the CD drive, click Start, and in the search tap, enter “network,” then click on the laptop name where you enabled sharing and where the intended software is installed. 
  4. If a prompt window appears that requires a username and password, log into the first laptop.
  5. Go to the folder for the CD drive and locate the file name
  6. Double click on the file and continue with the installation process. In some cases, the installation wizard present would guide you till the process is completed.
  7. Done

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