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Running a CD rom off another PC over the internet, how?

by liam182 / March 5, 2009 5:56 AM PST

I have no idea if the following is possible but hopefully it is...

If 2 PCs are connected to the internet can I run a cd rom on one pc from another and if so how?

Also dsoes it matter if the OS are different, XP and Vista?

Any help appreciated.


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I'll go with no.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 5, 2009 6:05 AM PST

The most likely reason to do that is some game that is on the CD. Windows Networking does not provide a networked "CDROM" drive that would look and act like your local CDROM drive so any game would fail.

Since any files that were on the CDROM could be put in a network share this brings us back to it's likely some GAME CD.

Let's go with no.

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by liam182 / March 5, 2009 6:28 AM PST
In reply to: I'll go with no.

its not a game its a cd rom with files on it..

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Then share it and be done.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 5, 2009 6:31 AM PST
In reply to: no
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by funfunfunfunfun / March 5, 2009 9:32 AM PST
In reply to: no

I can do it with pc in same house on same network. so it should work if you can communicate with the pc I think. I am having another question similar but will create a new thread.

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Since Your Referring To Access Over The Internet...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / March 5, 2009 8:27 AM PST

Tried thinking or "Remote Desktop" or VNC? It allows a remote computer to access the computer, then use it.

I'll guess a VPN could be set up for all remote users but I'm not sure I would want either of those options, primarily because of the security issues. You're opening up your computer to outside access. I would prefer to copy the files to a shared storage site on the internet so your computer is not in danger of intrusion... Altering, adjusting, or frequently changing those files is just as easy on internet storage and it's much safer.

Hope this helps.


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by liam182 / March 5, 2009 10:40 PM PST

The CD rom is owned by me and both pcs are owned by me so there are no copyright issues. I simply want to run a cd rom which is in the dirve of my vista pc at my home address remotely over the internet.

Do you think it can be done with remote desktop and does it matter one is vista and one is xp sp3?

Is there a step by step idiots guide as not done anything
like this before but know it must be possible..

Thank you

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Since this CDROM is just "files"
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 5, 2009 10:52 PM PST

Why not a file share or just carry them with you on a memory stick?

Something is not being told here.

As to remote desktop. Yes that works so try LOGMEIN and GOTOMYPC since the Microsoft solution is somewhat hard for most to setup.

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