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    Viewing CD Content

    How can I view contents of a CD without using Explorer or Windows Media Player? I could use an old "absolute list" like a DOS style view (except without the 7.3 format limitation) that is 100% reliable, not something that pre-emptively looks for music or an "auto play" or something. (Note, I know how to bypass auto-play.) Please tell me I can do this under Vista Home Premium or if needs be, point me to reliable shareware or a way to get a DOS type view.

    I have CDs I'm almost certain have content of various types, that are not showing up with traditional viewing attempts. It would be nice if the results were searchable.

    Thanks anyone!!

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    Re: Viewing CD Content

    I'm not sure I fully understand your post, so I hope you'll bear with me while I ask... I suppose one could boot a PC with a true-DOS floppy disk that loads CD drivers and then try to do a DIR command on whatever drive letter gets assigned to the CD drive. But, I can't imagine why that should be necessary. I understand how you might not want the autoplay window that typically opens, but it seems that Windows Explorer should at least be willing to show you the files on most all CDs. Even if I insert something like an audio CD into the drive, cancel the autoplay window and then open Explorer, I'm at least able to see what files are on the disk as shown in this attachment. What am I missing in your question?

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    Re: Viewing CD Content

    As Al said,
    I'm not sure just what you want to do but you CAN go to Start>RUN, browse to your CD and Change the "files type" to ALL files to view whatever type of files are on the CD. ???
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    Re: Viewing CD Content

    First of all, I would probably need something really, really simple. My experience is that (although I mention it) DOS doesn't "recognize" CD drives.

    Secondly, what your'e missing, I have to be blunt, is the futility I feel when trying to look at a disk that I just about KNOW has stuff on it. All the functions I know, first of all, ask me what I want to do--burn, rip, copy. HELL NO I want to just LOOK. Sorry. Slightly pulling my hair out after all sorts of computer issues during my time off, that I thought I'd finally fix, and--it's chasing after the wind.

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    Re: Viewing CD Content

    Actually, I have no RUN option. And I'm using the "classic interface."

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    Re: Viewing CD Content

    <hr>...My experience is that (although I mention it) DOS doesn't "recognize" CD drives... <hr>
    I don't understand that because if you boot a computer with a "proper" DOS floppy, it WILL recognize CD drives.

    However, since you've clearly pointed out that this is a Vista machine and I have nothing but the Vista beta installed, I'm going to move this thread to the Vista forum to see if anyone who visits there can help you more than I can. Hang in there with us, OK? We ARE trying to help you...

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    Re: Viewing CD Content

    I have no floppy drive, and creating a disk with drivers would make me pull my hair out. (I'm talking nose hairs, ear hairs, arm hair--ow ow oww oww oww!)

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    Re: Viewing CD Content

    I can view the files on most any CD or DVD as long as they have NOT been protected by the maker.

    Just open Windows Explorer, put in CD, when the auto run window opens, just close it, and then select the drive letter and you should see the contents.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Viewing CD Content

    So get a copy of VISTA START MENU
    That has a RUN option. <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>

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    Re: Viewing CD Content

    <hr>Bob said (in jest?):
    So get a copy of VISTA START MENU
    That has a RUN option. <hr>
    <big>What happened to the Run command?</big>

    The Search box that appears on the Start menu in this version of Windows provides much of the same functionality as the Run command. However, the Run command is still available if you prefer to use it. You can even add it to the Start menu for easier access.

    To add the Run command to the Start menu
    - Click to open Taskbar and Start Menu Properties.(right-click on the Start Orb and select "Properties")

    - Click the Start Menu tab, and then click Customize.

    - In the list of Start menu options, select the Run command check box, and then click OK. The Run command will be displayed on the right side of the Start menu.
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    Re: Viewing CD Content

    <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Viewing CD Content

    Or just use Winkey + R.

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    Re: Viewing CD Content

    If Windows Explorer is using a default template for the folder that you don't want/like right click on the folder, select Properties, then the Customize tab. At the top select the template you wish to use.

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    Re: Viewing CD Content

    I can't access E: from the run command. When I go to the root and type in CD E: it gives me the following result, which does not allow for access with E at all:
    E:

    C:>

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    Re: Viewing CD Content

    Try typing E:

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