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hello.

i brought a ultra light laptop that does not a cd-rom or a floppy.  is it possible or easy to use my desktop computer to install software on to my laptop?  i have some programs on cd-rom that i would like to install to my laptop.

all my laptop has is an rj-45.  the laptop has windows me, i have two desktop computer, one has windows xp and the other has windows 98.  i would use the one that is easier to setup.

is this the right place to ask this question?  is it also a windows topic?  thanks
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by:stevenlewis
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very simple, either share the cd on one of the desktops (w98 would be easiest since you won't have the security problems to work around) and then in windows explorer (laptop) navigate to the cd and either copy the files to your laptop or run setup from there, or you can create a directory on the desktop, copy the cd to it, and then share that directory and run setup from the laptop again in windows explorer, navigate to the shared f9older on the desktop. you will need to set up a small home network, use a crossover cable, or cat5 cables and a hub

http://www.annoyances.org/exec/show/article04-108
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would i be able to install applications such as games, or microsoft office xp?
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by:stevenlewis
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to set up your home network
enable file and printer sharing on both machines
share a folder on both machines
install netbeui on both machines
ensure that they are in the same workgroup
do a find-->computer--> and search for the other computer (this establishes a session)
make sure the computer names are different, contain no more than 15 characters and have no wildcards and no spaces in them
make sure that netbeui is bound to both NIC’s
use client for microsoft as primary logon

to install netbeui on an xp machne
http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q301/0/41.asp

to set up tcp/ip on your LAN
Mach #1
ip 192.168.0.1
subnet mask 255.255.255.0
gateway blank
disable dns and wins

Mach #2
ip 192.168.0.2
subnet mask 255.255.255.0
 gateway blank
disable dns and wins


If you plan on using ICS, then some minor changes must be made
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Yes, with a caveat, some games need the cd in the cd rom to run, those games will have a problem
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for the games that have to have the cd inserted, copy the whole cd to the hard drive of the laptop (if you have the room) and then use a program like virtual cd or some other cd emulator to run them. these fool the machine into thinking the folder is a cd
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ok, i got an hour to try this before an auction for a usb cd-rom drive is over.
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how do i know or setup the bound netBEUI?
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how do i know or setup the bound netBEUI?
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right click network neighbor hood, choose properties, and see if netbeui is listed for the NIC
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make sure if you are not using a hub, to use a crossover cable and not a startight thru cat5 cable. this is important
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laptop has NetBeui->NDIS 1394 Net adpater, which i think is what you mean bound.  Desktop computer only has NetBEUI
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i'm using a router with a built in switch.
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by:sarniscool
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ok i went into network neighboorhood, i see the other computer.
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by:stevenlewis
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then just share th cd on the other computer, and find the setup files on the cd from the laptop, double click on it and go
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i think this is working, i went a head and set my desktop's cd-rom drive to full access sharing and my latop's c: drive to full access sharing.  i am now trying to install office xp on the laptop.
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installing right now, i hope this works, i think you might have saved me $150.  Thanks so much, in addition, I had NetBEUI eliminated and file and printer sharing disabled because of security risk and an network admin advised me to do so, what is the meaning of this?  He said people from the internet may have access to my computer if these features are turned on.

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you can remove netbeui from the modem (dial up adapter) and you should be ok.
for added protection get zonealarm (free) from www.zonealarm.com
set ti up and allow your local network
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is this the netBEUI->dialup?  this is on my laptop.  the desktop just has netBEUI.  i use cable internet.  laptop and my xp computer has zone alarm.  my windows 98 does not.  i keep that computer simple because that computer is for my parents.  the router does have a built in hardware firewall, but i'm not sure if it's properly configured.
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by:stevenlewis
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go here
http://grc.com/default.htm
then to shields up and check your connection
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and if they detectnetBEUI and file & printer sharing, would you advise me to disable them?
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yes, if they do, but they shouldn't.
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NetBEUI is non routable, ans since you have a router/switch, it shouldn't get thru
ports 137, 138, 139
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ports 137, 138, 139 these are the file and printer sharing ports
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thanks for each step of the process, quick replies, i really appreciate it.
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sarniscool
Glad I could help
Steve
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