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Mike W
08-21-2007, 09:13 AM
I have a Ford shop manual on cd. It does a small install that puts Ford in the start programs menu. When the cd is in hitting Ford starts up the cd and you can look at the shop manual.

Is there anyway that I can just copy the cd contents to the hd and start the program with it instead of having to use it from the cd? Thanks

Evan
08-21-2007, 10:18 AM
That can be done. You need to make an ISO file of the CD using Nero or similar. This is a full image file copy of the CD. This is placed in a folder on the drive and then a small freeware program from Microsoft is used to access it as though it were still on CD

Download the program here:

http://www.softwarepatch.com/windows/xpvirtualcd.html

Free ISO creation software here:

http://isorecorder.alexfeinman.com/isorecorder.htm


When you run the MS Virtual CD program it will unzip three files. You should make a folder to put them in before you run the unzipper. Then run the file and select that folder as the destination and click unzip.

Then navigate to the folder and follow these instructions.


Instructions for using MS Virtual CD:

Installation instructions
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1. Copy VCdRom.sys to your c:\windows\system32\drivers folder.
2. Execute VCdControlTool.exe
3. Click "Driver control"
4. If the "Install Driver" button is available, click it. Navigate to the c:\windows\system32\drivers folder, select VCdRom.sys, and click Open.
5. Click "Start"
6. Click OK
7. Click "Add Drive" to add a drive to the drive list. Ensure that the drive added is not a local drive. If it is, continue to click "Add Drive" until an unused drive letter is available.
8. Select an unused drive letter from the drive list and click "Mount".
9. Navigate to the image file, select it, and click "OK". UNC naming conventions should not be used, however mapped network drives should be OK.

You may now use the drive letter as if it were a local CD-ROM device. When you are finished you may unmount, stop, and remove the driver from memory using the driver control.

lazlo
08-21-2007, 11:13 AM
You don't need to go through all that.

Just copy the contents of the CD to a folder on your PC, and create a shortcut to the program at the top level of the CD folder that runs when you stick the CD in.

If you're not sure which program the CD is running, there'll be a file called "autorun.inf" at the top-level of the CD. Open that up in Notepad, and the first line will be the name of the program the CD runs when you insert it.

Mike W
08-21-2007, 11:14 AM
Thank you Evan. I knew you would have the answer. Lazlo, I was typing while you were posting.

Evan
08-21-2007, 11:28 AM
Just copy the contents of the CD to a folder on your PC, and create a shortcut to the program at the top level of the CD folder that runs when you stick the CD in.

That might or might not work. It depends on the reader program Ford uses. If it is checking to see if the drive in question is a CD then it won't work but the ISO image file technique will. It's usual for those car parts/manual CDs to use that technique. I've worked with them before.

hitnmiss
08-21-2007, 11:56 AM
Thanks Evan, I've got uses for that technique.