[Release] Microsoft VirtualCD CPL

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[Release] Microsoft VirtualCD CPL

Postby Kelsenellenelvian » Thu Nov 03, 2005 5:20 am

Here is a Control Panel Extension for Microsoft VirtualCD

Virtual CD-ROM Control Panel lets you create a virtual CD drive on your hard disk

Virtual CD-ROM Control Panel for Windows XP lets you create a virtual CD drive on your hard disk. Some visitors to the site have confirmed that it works with Windows 2000 too (but this is not stated in Microsoft's official readme).

For anyone unfamiliar with the terms 'virtual CD' or 'CD emulator', they mean that you can copy the entire contents of a CD-ROM to your hard disk and run the programs or access the files without the need for the original CD.

Virtual CD-ROM Control Panel is able to make files faster, more accessible and more convenient. Given the speed and size of today's hard drives, you could easily fit a number of CDs onto your hard drive without noticing the difference. Assuming you had 30 full CDs, these would take around 20GB on a hard drive and all will be accessible after a few clicks of a mouse.

Hard drives are about 10 times faster than a CD, plus you can instantly access the file instead of grabbing the CD case, inserting the CD and awaiting for the contents to load.

It's true, you could try copying the files over to the hard drive, but this can get messy, plus some programs require a CD to be loaded in order to run. This virtual CD program 'pretends' it is a CD drive (even though the files are on your hard drive), so your programs will run as normal.

It only works with ISO images

You may now use the drive letter as if it were a local CD-ROM device. When you are finished you may unmount, stop, and remove the driver from memory using the driver control.


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The needed driver is in your system32 dir so just browse there when you need it.


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Size - 14.4 kb MD5 Hash = 71088f67610584002c8d8243ab0726ba
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Postby troscat » Thu Nov 03, 2005 7:17 am

Hello Kel,

Is this some kind of a Virtual Drive function like the one provided by popular utilities such as Daemon Tools, Alcohol, Nero and the like?

If it is, i didn't know Microsoft has provided one particular application like this.

Forgive my ignorance if i'm wrong with my presumption.
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Postby Kelsenellenelvian » Thu Nov 03, 2005 7:21 am

I believe it is, it was just reqeusted so I did it.
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Postby Kelsenellenelvian » Thu Nov 03, 2005 7:26 am

Just tested it and yes it works like daemon!! Pretty sweet if you ask me....
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Postby Siginet » Thu Nov 03, 2005 1:20 pm

Would be nice to have a Shell Extension of it if that's the case. :)
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Postby troscat » Thu Nov 03, 2005 10:25 pm

Siginet wrote:Would be nice to have a Shell Extension of it if that's the case. :)


I second the motion :D
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Postby Kelsenellenelvian » Fri Nov 04, 2005 12:40 am

I wouldn't know how to make one.
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Postby larciel » Fri Nov 04, 2005 1:31 am

what extensions does this support?
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Postby Kelsenellenelvian » Fri Nov 04, 2005 2:09 am

iso is all I know so far google it
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Postby larciel » Fri Nov 04, 2005 2:54 am

ah, i was hoping i could get rid of daemon, but it seems i won't be able to :)
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Postby laur3ooo » Sun Feb 12, 2006 5:39 pm

Interesting to see a virtual CD app from M$. The only app with this name was the one here ---> http://www.virtualcd-online.com/ (maybe some TM issues in the future :D), which is great in terms of utility, but really sucks at emulation. The best way to go in terms of emulation would be Alcohol/D-Tools wich use, basically the same core emulator and they both support Starwind/Starport (a great utility IMHO).
And no, this is not the same thing as the Alcohol/D-Tools core emulators. They emulate a SCSI drive and a SCSI controller. The fact that it uses this kind of emulation makes it very hard for apps to know that the drive doesn't actually exist.
My point was, could there be a D-Tools addon? My opinion is that it would be vary hard. Both Alcohol & D-Tools interfere with a windows (CD) update (something about their SCSI miniport driver) and consequently could with a fresh install too. Does anyone know (for sure) that it can('t) be done? If, somehow, it can be done, could someone take care of it? (Because I'm rather new at this, haven't even done my first addon. Acctualy i did my first addon... :D, I used the repacker exe to include my winrar registration data... :P.) This should only be attempted by experienced people, because, if hanlde improperly, the core emulators, can really screw up your Windows.
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Postby RogueSpear » Sun Feb 12, 2006 6:57 pm

I made a switchless silent installer for DAEMON Tools V3.47 that runs just fine from svcpack.inf. I'm in the process of converting my installers to addons, but I haven't gotten to that one yet. Check the link in my sig if you're interested in it.

On the other hand I also made a two part installer for DAEMON Tools V4.03. Two part because the first part can be installed just fine from svcpack.inf, and the second part you need to run from RunOnceEx. Just the nature of the beast with the V4.x series. This is also found in the link in my sig.
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Postby av8tor_64D » Sun Feb 12, 2006 11:03 pm

v4.03 loads just fine
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Postby Mythbinder » Tue Mar 07, 2006 2:25 am

Fails the MD5 everytime I try to Dowload it.

This is the Hash I keep getting

8b50199cd36031e0acff57c0c1265087

Could you check it please?
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Postby Kelsenellenelvian » Tue Mar 07, 2006 8:14 am

Sorry I must have forgot to change it...
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Postby Kelsenellenelvian » Fri Sep 28, 2007 8:03 am

Major update.

TOTALLY Recoded this one!
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Postby dolivas » Fri Sep 28, 2007 8:23 am

Kel thanks for your excellent work will you be updating the one in your CPL AIO I just noticed you just release a new version and this one was not included in it?

Thanks,
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Postby Kelsenellenelvian » Fri Sep 28, 2007 8:24 am

Actualy this was updated more to reflect the way my CPL all in one now makes CPL entries.

It is the same either way.

Sorry I had the wrong version # listed in the CPL a-i-o.
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Postby dolivas » Fri Sep 28, 2007 8:32 am

Excellent thanks again for all your hard work and for the quick reply.

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Postby pep » Thu Oct 23, 2008 2:07 am

Can someone please reupload the file?
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Postby Kelsenellenelvian » Thu Oct 23, 2008 2:15 am

Yup check back in like 10-15 minutes...
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Postby Kelsenellenelvian » Thu Oct 23, 2008 2:20 am

reupped.
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Postby pep » Thu Oct 23, 2008 2:21 am

OMG this is FAST!

Thank you so much sir!
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Postby pep » Thu Oct 23, 2008 4:17 am

Could you please add the CPL to the addon?

Thanks in advance.
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Postby Kelsenellenelvian » Thu Oct 23, 2008 6:02 am

There was a typo in the addreg section.

Now it will go into the CPL area.

Note this is done via the registry NOT through a CPL file.
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Postby pep » Fri Oct 24, 2008 2:08 am

Thank you very much.
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Re: [Release] Microsoft VirtualCD CPL

Postby TAD » Thu May 26, 2011 9:55 am

Kelsenellenelvian wrote:Here is a Control Panel Extension for Microsoft VirtualCD

Virtual CDROM Control Panel description
Virtual CD-ROM Control Panel lets you create a virtual CD drive on your hard disk
Virtual CD-ROM Control Panel for Windows XP lets you create a virtual CD drive on your hard disk. Some visitors to the site have confirmed that it works with Windows 2000 too (but this is not stated in Microsoft's official readme).

For anyone unfamiliar with the terms 'virtual CD' or 'CD emulator', they mean that you can copy the entire contents of a CD-ROM to your hard disk and run the programs or access the files without the need for the original CD.

Virtual CD-ROM Control Panel is able to make files faster, more accessible and more convenient. Given the speed and size of today's hard drives, you could easily fit a number of CDs onto your hard drive without noticing the difference. Assuming you had 30 full CDs, these would take around 20GB on a hard drive and all will be accessible after a few clicks of a mouse.

Hard drives are about 10 times faster than a CD, plus you can instantly access the file instead of grabbing the CD case, inserting the CD and awaiting for the contents to load.

It's true, you could try copying the files over to the hard drive, but this can get messy, plus some programs require a CD to be loaded in order to run. This virtual CD program 'pretends' it is a CD drive (even though the files are on your hard drive), so your programs will run as normal.

It only works with ISO images

You may now use the drive letter as if it were a local CD-ROM device. When you are finished you may unmount, stop, and remove the driver from memory using the driver control.


Code: Select all

The needed driver is in your system32 dir so just browse there when you need it.


Image

Size - 20.9 kb MD5 Hash = C6B4D445A49773C86B13BC306F487D81

hi Kelsenellenelvian then link is ded
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Postby Kelsenellenelvian » Fri May 27, 2011 4:58 pm

HOLY thread revival batman!

You DO realize this has been innactive for like three years right?
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Postby Kelsenellenelvian » Fri May 27, 2011 5:18 pm

Updated and rebuilt and reuploaded!
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Postby newsposter » Fri May 27, 2011 6:48 pm

every once in a while we get leeches who drop in and download everything for their own web sites.......
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Postby vmanda » Sat May 28, 2011 1:48 am

@TAD: I suggest a verry good alternative to Virtual CD, ImDisk Virtual Disk Driver
ImDisk is a virtual disk driver for Windows NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/2008. It can create virtual hard disk, floppy or CD/DVD drives using image files or system memory. The install package installs a console-mode control program called imdisk.exe and a Control Panel applet. After install is finished, type imdisk without parameters for syntax help or double click the ImDisk icon in the Control Panel. It also adds a menu item in Windows Explorer so that you can right-click on a file to mount it as a virtual disk drive... The driver, service and control program can be uninstalled using the Add/Remove programs applet in the Control Panel. No reboot is required for installing or uninstalling.
The package content can be extracted and this command line can be used for installing:

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 rundll32.exe setupapi.dll,InstallHinfSection DefaultInstall 132 .\imdisk.inf
and this for uninstalling ...

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  rundll32.exe setupapi.dll,InstallHinfSection DefaultUninstall 132 .\imdisk.inf
or, not tested yet, but using code65536 runinf.exe can hide the inf install process,

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 runinf.exe DefaultInstall 128 .\imdisk.inf
No reboot is required for installing or uninstalling.

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