Installing applications from CD on the MBA

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Chuchichan, Nov 22, 2010.

  1. Chuchichan macrumors 6502

    Jul 17, 2010

    How would I install applications that I currently have on a CD onto the MacBook Air? For instance, MS Office 2008. How can I fully install it (with the license key, etc.).

    Thank you.
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    Got another Mac? Or a PC? The use the CD/DVD sharing. Otherwise a USB optical drive.
  3. truncj macrumors member

    Jun 26, 2009
    Or use a machine with an optical drive to rip the .ISO and mount it to a virtual drive on the MacBook Air. The MBA will then think that the DVD is in its virtual drive and you can install with your own product key like normal.
  4. Scottsdale macrumors 601


    Sep 19, 2008
    I have tried several ways but by far the fastest and best method, in the future for reinstalls, is to use another computer and transfer apps from optical disks to USB drive(s).

    I have one 16GB Flash drive, and I used it for OS X, Combo Update, iLife, iWork, and Office for Mac. I made one partition for OS X with a journaled format. I made another partition, that's not journaled, for all of the software. The combo update file, allows me to update from 10.6 to 10.6.5 without downloading it again. Every time I update OS X, I use the combo update so I just download it once.

    It works great, and if/when I need to reinstall I can just use the Flash drive and not worry about using several disks, an external optical drive, or the very slow wifi drive sharing method.

    I really think this is the best way to go about it for now and the future. You take the time to do it with all of your apps once, and you don't need to worry about it whenever you want to reinstall apps or clean wipe the system.
  5. The Final Cut macrumors 6502

    Sep 5, 2009
    can you install windows from a network optical drive or even hard drive?

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