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Hi! I just bought an Asus Eee PC netbook running Windows 7 Starter with no CD/DVD drive.

I have Adobe CS4 Web Premium on three DVD discs. From my desktop computer I copied the contents of discs 1, 2 and 3 into their own folders on a USB external drive. I then copied the folders from the external drive to my D drive partition on the netbook and began the install process from the disc 1 folder. At a certain point, I was asked to put "Adobe CS4 Web Premium Disc 2" into the D drive. No matter what I tried, I could not get the program to realize the "Disc 2" was in the folder called "disk2" on the D partition. I had no option to browse for the folder.

Does anyone know how I can get around this problem? Do I have to fork up money and buy and external USB DVD drive?

Thanks.
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While forking up some money and buying an external drive isn't a bad idea (it will let you burn DVDs as backups), it's also not necessary for what you need to do here.

First, make ISO images of the DVDs -- don't just copy the contents.  

Then copy those ISO images to your netbook (or on an external drive connected to the netbook).    Now install a virtual DVD drive on the netbook [MagicISO's MagicDisc works fine on Windows 7 -- http://www.magiciso.com/tutorials/miso-magicdisc-overview.htm ]

Then simply "insert" your DVDs as needed into your virtual DVD drive and do the install.


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Note:  If you don't have a utility to make ISO images, just install MagicDisc on your desktop and use it ==> one of the options is "Make CD/DVD Image"
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Thank you very much.

I already had MagicISO on my desktop PC, so I created the 2 ISO images from discs 1 and 2 and then copied them over to the netbook drive via a usb flash drive. Then I downloaded the free MagicDisc to my netbook to make the virtual CD/DVD drive.

At first I tried to drag and drop my ISO image onto the Virtual CD/DVD drive, but that didn't work. After reading the FAQ for MagicDisc, I realized I had to open the menu option from the MagicDisc system tray icon and then "mount" the ISO image I wanted. After Adobe finished with the disc 1 ISO install, it prompted me for disc 2 and I just mounted the disc 2 ISO image from the MagicDisc system tray icon and the install continued and finished.

Worked like a charm!!! Thanks again, especially for the quick response.

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