An .exe file is an executable file that tells the computer system to run a specific file. When launching any software installed on your computer, you are actually opening an .exe file. You can place and install these .exe files onto other memory devices, such as external hard drives, USB thumb drives and, even, CD-ROM discs. Although the process takes a few extra minutes with a CD-ROM, it is completely possible to do, as long as you have a CD burner on your computer.
Things You'll Need
- CD burner
- Blank CD
Launch the CD burning software you have installed on your computer. All computers with a CD burner preinstalled also have CD burning software preinstalled. If you purchased your burner after you purchased your computer, the hardware came with software.
Select to make a data disc, and then insert a blank CD into your CD burner on your computer.
Leave the CD burning program open, and navigate to where the .exe file is located. Although you can copy just the .exe file onto the CD-ROM, it is not going to function without the other files installed with it.
Click on and drag the .exe file into the main viewing area of the CD burning software. If you want the .exe to still launch a specific program, click on and drag all of the files, and store them in the same folder as the .exe. You want the contents of the CD to look exactly as it does on the computer, so you need all of the files in the same location on the CD.
Select "Burn," and the .exe file is placed onto the CD-ROM. Once complete, you can launch and install the software from the CD-ROM disc.
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