Tech – for Everyone

Tech Tips and Tricks & Advice – written in plain English.

Another Way To Install A Program On A Netbook

A Thumb Drive Can Be Used In Place Of An External Optical Drive

Light-weight and small size make netbooks very portable. But, to achieve their compact size, certain items are missing from netbooks — most notably perhaps, internal CD/DVD drives.

This “disc deficit” is usually overcome by the purchase of an external (USB cable-connected) optical drive.

Today I want to point out that should you not happen to have an external drive available, frequently you can substitute, and use a “thumb drive” (“memory stick”) instead.. such as using the following method to watch DVD movies — see, Tech Tip for Travelers – Make Your Movies More Portable!

Tip of the day: Use a thumb drive to install programs on to a netbook.
To install a program (you have a CD for) onto a netbook using a thumb drive, you will need two things; one, access to a computer that has a CD/DVD drive and; two, a thumb drive large enough to hold the contents of the Install disc. [note: CD’s are roughly 700 MB’s (.7 GB’s) and DVD’s are typically 4.7 GB’s]

1) Go to the PC with the optical drive and insert the thumb drive. Then insert the Install disc into the drive tray.
Cancel (stop) any setup/install process from starting, should it try to “autostart”.

2) If the AutoPlay window opens, select “Open folder to view files” (which should be the bottom choice).
If you have disabled AutoPlay: Click Start > Double-click Computer (My Computer in XP/older) > right-click on the optical drive (CD-ROM) and choose Explore.

3) Drag the entire contents (all the files) of the CD/DVD to the icon for “removable drive” that is the thumb drive. Take mental note of what the installer executable’s name is – typically, it is setup.exe.

4) Use “Safely remove” and remove the thumb drive, and then insert it into your netbook. If the AutoPlay window opens, select “Open folder to view files” (which should be the bottom choice), if you have disabled AutoPlay: Click Start > Double-click Computer (My Computer in XP/older) > right-click on the removable drive (your thumb drive) and choose Explore. Find and then double-click the setup.exe.

That will “launch” the set up process and install the program on to your netbook, just as if it had been run from a disc.

Bonus tip: When you’re all done, you can drag all those setup files to the Recycle bin.

Copyright 2007-2010 © Tech Paul. All rights reserved.jaanix post to jaanix

Share this post :

January 22, 2010 Posted by | advice, computers, how to, PC, Portable Computing, tech, thumb drives, upgrading, USB storage devices | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments


Once Again It’s Time To Play Let’s Count the Typo’s!

from: johnson williem <>



date: Fri, Jan 22, 2010 at 7:10 AM


Warning: This message may not be from whom it claims to be. Beware of following any links in it or of providing the sender with any personal information. Learn more

Dear Sir/ Madam
My name is Johnson William, I am 60 years old. I work for Royal Dutch Shell Plc,
in capacity of a Director of  Contract Tender board committee. In addition  I have a private
Paper company/Factory.  I also  produce paper like   A4  etc.
I am looking for your cooperation in building a  production company or Tourist Hotel or Real
Estate investment  in your country. I am sorry if this is not in line with your business.
I need an experienced person to assist me to set up, develop the project and assume responsibility
of ownership as chairman, but will be bringing in profit /distribute profit quarterly  or annually, if you
are interested I need your immediate reply,  which will be highly appreciated and I shall give you more information on this project.

Engr.  Johnson William

Note: This laughable scam email was nestled in amongst 27 e-mails selling me 80% off Pfizer or Viagra, which is the work of just one of the cybercrimals’ botnets. Does anyone else think it’s way past time to do something about it?

January 22, 2010 Posted by | cyber crime, e-mail, Internet scam, spam and junk mail | , | Leave a comment