How to Install CD Software Into a Netbook Without a Disk Drive

by Greyson Ferguson

Netbooks are smaller, more compact, versions of a laptop computer. One downside to a netbook is the lack of a CD/DVD drive. If you have software on a CD you wish to install onto the computer, the most readily available method to install the programming is to connect an external CD drive.


Plug the provided USB data cable into the USB port on the external CD drive. Next, insert the opposite end of the cable into a USB port on the computer.


Open your Internet browser. Navigate to the CD drive's manufacturer's website. Select "Support," then choose the exact make and model of the CD drive you are using.


Click on your current operating system. Select the driver download link, and wait for the file to download. Double-click the downloaded driver to load the installation wizard. Follow the prompts of the installation wizard to completely install the driver onto the computer. The external CD drive is now ready for use.


Insert the software installation CD. The software installation wizard loads onto the screen. Accept the end-user agreement, and leave the installation name and location as-is. Click "Install" and the software installs onto the netbook computer.

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About the Author

Greyson Ferguson is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design with a degree in film and television. He currently resides in Lansing, Michigan where he works on independent film projects and writes for numerous publications. Ferguson primarily focuses on computer and electronic articles. Greyson produces, focusing on only upbeat news stories with daily updates.

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