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Optical drive

by Sullyv / July 9, 2018 9:06 PM PDT

I have a desktop with optical drive, but after installing Windows 10 64 bit, I can no longer play or install most of my old cds. I don't want reinstall 32 bit, which is the system that i can run these CDs. If I purchase an external op drive, would that solve my problem, or would it still be somehow connected to Window 10 64 bit. If not I would have to pushase a latop with Optical Drive... net easy... Thankyou

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Re: optical drive
by Kees_B Forum moderator / July 10, 2018 12:46 AM PDT
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It's unlikely to be a problem with Windows. What exactly happens when you play a disk or install a program form another disk?

Things to try:
- clean the head
- get a Linux disk (free to make) and see if that boots
- replace the internal drive by a new one

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optical drive
by Sullyv / July 10, 2018 1:48 AM PDT
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When I try to install a CD. PC message "This app can't run on your PC" The problem is that I have just installed Windows 10 64 bit and these cds will ONLY RUN on 32bit. I cant replace them, because they are no longer manufactured. I might have to buy a laptop and have it alongside my desk top... clumsy, but I really need to access these CDS.. any thoughts?

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Re: optical drive
by Kees_B Forum moderator / July 10, 2018 3:06 AM PDT
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An external disk runs in the same PC under the same Windows, so that should make no difference.

ow about installing a 32-bit version of Windows in a virtual box and run it from there? Might work. Or buy another PC or laptop to install 32-bit Windows on for these particular CD's. Second hand might not be so expensive.

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Optical Drive
by Sullyv / July 10, 2018 8:57 PM PDT
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I think that I have com to that conclusion. Bite the bullet and shell out a couple of hundred and buy a reco laptop. Windows 7 or 8 32 bit
Thanks for your input


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Have to disagree.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 10, 2018 7:52 AM PDT
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32 bit apps run just fine on W10 64 bit. I know since I'm in the middle of an update on a 32 bit app that we issued in 1998.

I wish I could offer more but I only have what you shared.

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(NT) Install in "Compatibility Mode" instead.
by James Denison / July 10, 2018 7:52 PM PDT
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