How to install application disk on MBA?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by dilgit, Aug 10, 2011.

  1. dilgit macrumors regular

    Sep 24, 2010
    I've tried to install the original applications CD on my new MBA. I used remote disk but got the following message: "Alert - Can not install this software on this computer". What am I doing wrong? I also tried the same CD from my MBP but got the same alert. How can I install my applications CD on my new MBA?.
  2. DustinT macrumors 68000


    Feb 26, 2011
    Unless I'm mistaken, you shouldn't be using that disk. If you are trying to install the Applications, wouldn't you be able to get them from the App store for free since you have Lion?
  3. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    If it's a 3rd party application it may only be available on CD/DVD. Not everything is available in the app store.
  4. misterneums macrumors 6502

    Nov 2, 2009
    Rip an image of the disc and then mount it on your computer you want to install on.
  5. riverwater macrumors member

    Aug 24, 2010
    Detail about how to rip the disk please. Will receive my MBA, and need to install Office 2011 into it, I have a DVD disk.
  6. deeddawg, Aug 10, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2011

    deeddawg macrumors 604

    Jun 14, 2010
    While you could rip the MS Office DVD image, I'd recommend first trying CD/DVD sharing as in your manual beginning on page 15:

    For something like Office, you ought to be able to just copy the contents of the DVD to a flash drive and install from there.

    If you absolutely need to do an ISO, create it on a different system, bring it over to your MBA, and open it as described here: -- might be a little different in Lion, I've not tried it since my MBA hasn't yet shipped.

    Worth downloading the 30 day trial and seeing if you can do this.
  7. PaulDoFish macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2010
    Isn't there a way to download Office 2011 from Microsoft and activate it with your CD key?
  8. Epic Xbox Revie macrumors 6502a

    Epic Xbox Revie

    Jun 15, 2010
    Washington, D.C.
    I think if you download the trial, and type in your activation key, it should be a full version.
  9. jdechko macrumors 68040

    Jul 1, 2004
    I did this when I set up my wife's 13" MBP. I installed the trial to get her started for school and when Office finally showed up, I just typed in the Activation code. Save the dmg for future reference on a hard drive and you don't ever really need the disc.

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