How to install Outlook on a Netbook

So you got a new netbook or laptop but it doesn't have a CD/DVD drive. How will you get Outlook installed? And, really, is it worth installing a memory-pig like Outlook on a netbook?

Yes, in my opinion, if you use Outlook on your desktop, its worth installing it on the netbook or laptop too. You might want to use a custom install and only install the parts of the Office suite you will likely need on the netbook or laptop. (I installed only Outlook, Excel, and Word from Office Pro.) If the netbook seems sluggish, you may be able to configure the SD card or a USB stick as extra memory.

Okay, so you've decided to install Outlook. Now how do you get it from the CD to the netbook without a CD drive? As long as you have a second computer that has a CD drive, its simple, with a choice of two options.

1. If the computers are networked you can simply share the CD drive. Pop in the CD and open the drive on the netbook, either running setup from the shared CD or copying all of the files to the netbook. This tends to be slower, plus it's helpful to be near the CD drive if you are installing several programs.

2. If the computers aren't networked, you can copy all of the files to a USB drive or a media card. On the other computer, go into Windows Explorer options and enable Show all hidden files and folders and also show all protected files. Then select all files and folders on the CD and copy them to a folder on the USB drive or media card. Insert the stick or card in the netbook and run setup. (I have an 8 GB USB stick I only use for installation files. It stays in my computer bag, just in case I need to reinstall or repair something when I travel.)

Downloadable trials (such as Office 2010) can be downloaded and installed provided the trial is the same suite as you purchased. Enter your product key to upgrade to the non-trial version. However, if you have a CD or even the downloaded files on another computer, its usually faster to copy them to a USB drive or media card.

More Information

If you want to create a bootable USB, this page has simple, easy to follow steps. While the specific instructions are for Windows 8 Preview, they work for Windows 8.1 and any other OS.

However, you do not need to use bootable media to upgrade. You can start the upgrade using files copied to a USB or media card. However, installing from bootable media will leave you with a cleaner hard drive.

How to create a bootable USB flash drive to install Windows 8

  • Carl

    Thank you for your wonderful website, just became a member recently. I see your archive has 85 pages. Is there any way I can see all the pages without going through each page one at a time. I would like to know all the topics so I can learn what info is out there and then go to a specific message to get the information.

    Is there anyway to download all 85 pages as a file and transfer it to my external hard drive?

  • Diane Poremsky

    Sorry, no, we don't have a way to download the pages as one file. There is a link just above "Leave a Reply" which will take you to the previous or next article. That is the best way to read all, or use the Tags link just above it to see a list of articles that apply to a specific area. For a list of Outlook 2010 articles, see or for 2007 articles.

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