Windows Vista, 7, and 8 - Sharing a CD/DVD Drive on a Network

This document explains how to share a CD or DVD drive over a network in Windows Vista, 7, and 8.

Sharing a CD/DVD Drive

  1. Navigate to Computer. This step will differ depending on the version of Windows you have installed.

    • Windows Vista and 7: Open the Start menu, then click Computer.

    • Windows 8: Move your cursor to the bottom left-hand corner of your screen until you see a small image appear. Right-click on this image to open the Windows Quick Access menu, then select File Explorer. This should open a window in Computer.

  2. In Computer, right click on the CD or DVD drive, mouse-over Sharing with and click on Advanced sharing...

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  3. Click on Advanced Sharing...

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  4. Check the Share this folder box. Put in an appropriate Share name. Click on the Permissions box.

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  5. Select Everyone if it is not already selected and check the Allow checkbox to the right of Read.

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  6. Click OK in the two windows to close them.

Accessing a Shared CD/DVD Drive

  1. Navigate to Computer. This step will differ depending on the version of Windows you have installed.

    • Windows Vista and 7: Open the Start menu, then click Computer.

    • Windows 8: Move your cursor to the bottom left-hand corner of your screen until you see a small image appear. Right-click on this image to open the Windows Quick Access menu, then select File Explorer. This should open a window in Computer.

  2. Click on Network in the left pane.

  3. Select the name of the computer hosting the shared CD/DVD drive.

    • Note: If you do not see any devices on your network, you may need to turn on network discovery. To do this, go to the Network and Sharing Center, click on Change advanced sharing settings, and select Turn on network discovery.

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  4. Click on the shared drive.

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Keywords:windows 8 7 vista sharing cd dvd disc disk drive network networking netbook   Doc ID:13067
Owner:Leah S.Group:DoIT Help Desk
Created:2010-01-10 19:00 CDTUpdated:2012-11-20 17:18 CDT
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