Using a Mac's DVD drive to load a DVD in XP

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by thomasp, Nov 7, 2008.

  1. thomasp macrumors 6502a

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    I have a Windows XP machine which does not have a DVD drive, and a Mac laptop running Tiger which does - and some ethernet cable!

    Is it possible to network the two computers together and use the Mac's DVD drive to access and run the DVD on the Windows computer? If so, how would I go about doing this? I have no experience of file sharing over Windows.
     
  2. kevinws macrumors member

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    If you can boot from usb. This link will show you how to copy your xp install disk to a usb flash drive. Then you will be able to install xp from the flash drive. You might need to know someone that has a windows install to copy the files. It don't know if it will work with VM or not. It should if you can access a usb.

    http://www.eeeguides.com/2007/11/installing-windows-xp-from-usb-thumb.html



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  3. thomasp thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    It's not an XP OS installer disc, just 3rd party software installer.
     
  4. jampat macrumors 6502a

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    This scenario can work backwards, so I assume you should be able to get it to work. If you share the dvd-drive on the network (this is the part I don't know how to do on the mac), you then map the network drive in XP and install away. That gives it a drive letter that the installer will be happier with.
     

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