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Mar 20 2013   2:18PM GMT

Installing software on a Surface Pro

Tony Bradley Tony Bradley Profile: Tony Bradley

Pop quiz: How do you install software from a DVD on a device that has no DVD drive? Day 7 of 30 Days with Surface Pro is dedicated to answering this very question. Actually, I examine the broader issue of installing applications on a Surface Pro–not necessarily just from a DVD.

The preferred method for Windows 8 apps is to just use the Windows Store and download / stream software to the Surface Pro. However, I also have a variety of legacy Windows software on discs, and I needed to find a way to get it from the disc to the Surface Pro.

Read Surface Pro, Day 7: Installing software for more details about my experience acquiring and installing software on a device with no CD or DVD drive. There are a variety of options: connect an external DVD drive via USB, copy the installation files to a USB thumb drive, external hard drive, or SD memory card, or use another computer that does have a DVD drive and share the drive or folder across a network.

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  • dirtyvu
    in terms of installing software on discs to your Surface, you can use a free CD/DVD burning software like infracorder or imgburn which can make a disc image of your CD or DVD.  then you use a virtual disc drive (e.g., virtual clone drive) to mount that image.  then the software installer thinks you're booting off an actual disc.  you install the software.  then you unmount the disc.

    if you have a day with a PC with an optical drive, you can convert all your discs to disc images with one of the burning software titles.  Then keep the images and throw away the discs.
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