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Some Remarks Regarding
the Virtual CDrom Drive Program

 
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download and install this program:
virtual cdrom drive for windows: 1.54MB zipped
this works for all versions of windows....
windows95 thru winXP
 
there are 3 programs included :
softdisk [ for making iso image files of your cdroms ]
virtual daemon manager [ this creates a virtual cdrom drive for mounting iso files ]
a demo version of ultra iso editor [ for creating and working with iso image files ]
 
softdisk and virtual daemon manager are freeware for home, personal use.
ultra iso editor is limited in the size of iso files it can work with,
you need to buy ultra iso editor in order to work with iso files that are
larger than 400MB... or something like that. otherwise, it is fully functioning.
you can not turn this copy of ultra iso editor into the full version,
when you buy it, you are provided with a registered copy
of ultra iso editor without the iso file size limit.
 
 
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when you install the downloaded program,
it should install both softdisk and the virtual daemon manager.
 
if you want to install ultra iso editor,
go to the ultraiso folder
inside of the softdisk folder
in program files
and double click the setup program there.
 
if the virtual daemon manager is not installed,
go to the daemon-tools folder
and run the setup program from there.
softdisk install folder
 
 
during the installation of the daemon-tools,
windows will find and discover new hardware.
this is the virtual cdrom drive, and is a good sign!
 
you will now find a new cdrom drive when you double click
your "my computer" icon on your desktop.
drives H and I are virtual cdrom drives.

 
 
 
this is what the virtual daemon manager looks like in your system tray.
it is the red lightning bolt all the way to the left.
tray icom
 
 
"right-clicking" the virtual daemon system tray icon
allows you to mount or unmount the iso images.
mount iso
 
 
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basically, softdisk allows you to make an exact image of "most" cdroms,
in the form of a standard iso file that any cd burning program can use.
[[ however, cdroms with copy protection schemes might not work. ]]
 
you can then mount that iso image file with the virtual daemon manager
and use the mounted iso image file as if you had inserted the cd
in the physical cdrom drive.
 
you can install directly from the virtual cdrom drive's mounted iso file,
and if the program or game needs the cd inserted to work,
just mount the iso file with virtual daemon manager,
and start the program. it works just fine.
 
pretty cool stuff really,
and this works quite well with win98.
most virtual cdrom programs that i have seen,
are only for win2000 or winXP,
so i was quite happy to find these 3 little programs...
softdisk, virtual daemon manager, and ultra iso editor.
 
 
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this is what the softdisk iso creation program looks like:
softdisk iso
 
 
a note about softdisk and making iso files:
if you are going to make an iso file from a cdrom,
make sure that you have unmounted any iso files that
are currently mounted by the virtual daemon manager.
if you have an iso file mounted with virtual daemon manager,
then softdisk will complain and won't create your iso file.
 
 
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this is what the ultra iso editor looks like.
you can add or subtract files and folders to and from any iso image.
ultra iso editor
you might not use this program much, but it sure comes in handy when you need it.
ultra iso editor is $30 shareware.
 
 
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well, that's about it.
this should give you a good feel
for what the programs are capable of.
enjoy!!
 
 
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one final note:
on NT4 and windows2000 systems, you might need
to update or install the windows ASPI drivers.
ASPI information and download
try the programs first, without updating ASPI.
if everything works, count your blessings.
otherwise, try updating these drivers.
 
 



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